Posting vignettes based on great postcards found in my mail box and elsewhere.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Getting Some Air

Long before the X Games and motorcycles were invented people were "getting air." Here an Eskimo gal from the 1940's shows how its done. The blanket toss is an event at many native gatherings. It is one of the official games at the World Eskimo Indian Olympics. Though it is a lot of fun, the practice had a practical purpose. It was used to spot game in hunter-gatherer societies. Maybe she can see the walrus off the coast but I think she's having too much fun to tell anyone until she tires out.


  1. How great to add some fun to the job of hunting and fixing and preserving the food. Thanks for the interesting post. Diane

  2. One would think that the game would have learned to spot flying people at some point, and beat feet in the other direction.