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2010-05-05 14:20:42
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2010-03-12 16:50:21
The blanket toss is a very popular activity in Eskimo villages in Alaska. Participants are bounced very high in the air off of a bouncing blanket controlled by a large number of people. They can get very high in the air, much higher than off of a trampoline. This is an activity at the Eskimo olympics and at exhibitions throughout Alaska at other times. Interestingly the blanket toss did not originate as a sport, game, or spectacle, but instead for the dead serious purpose of locating whales, seals, etc. out on the arctic ice. The eskimos did not have any trees to climb or any wood to build towers. By using the blanket toss a trained individual could get high in the air and look out over the ice for any signs of seals or whales. Oftentimes this was vitally important to the survival of a village.