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Native Youth Olympics at Sheldon Jackson Museum

by LAM Webmaster on 2022-11-17T11:20:00-09:00 in Events, Sheldon Jackson Museum | 0 Comments

For Immediate Release
Nov. 3, 2022

a student reaches for a ball in a native youth activites eventThe Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum invite the public to attend its second event in the Winter Share Your Culture/ Share Your Research Series. The event is free and open to all and will take place at the Sheldon Jackson Museum and simultaneously on Zoom.

On Friday, November 18 at 12:00 pm, Mount Edgecumbe High School students will give a Native Youth Olympics Games demonstration at the Sheldon Jackson Museum. This will be a fun, shorter, more intimate version of NYO Games with the students introducing themselves to the audience before engaging in a friendly competition.

Native Youth Games typically include 10 events based on games that past generations of Alaska Native peoples played to test their hunting and survival skills, increase strength, agility, and endurance, and balance the body and mind. Although events are based on traditional Alaska Native activities and offer insight into rich cultural heritage of Alaska Natives, the competition is open to all Alaska students from seventh to 12th grade, regardless of ethnicity. The official NYO Games will take place in April 2023 in Anchorage.

To attend the event on zoom, please go to and input meeting ID: 886 3833 1790 and passcode: Games. To reserve a seat at the Sheldon Jackson Museum for the talk, please call (907) 747-8981. Space will be limited due to the setup for this event.

The Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum is dedicated to supporting the Sheldon Jackson Museum and its unique Alaska Native ethnographic collection through advocacy, acquisition, and educational programming. To learn more about the Friends, get involved, or learn more about the many wonderful Winter Share Your Culture/Share Your Research events, visit

The Sheldon Jackson Museum is currently open Wednesday–Saturday, 10:00 am–4:00 pm. Tuesdays open by appointment only. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and free for ages 18 and under and active duty military and their families (with an ID). Call (907) 747-8981 to confirm hours.


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