WEIO Games hold Baby Regalia Contest

Published: Jul. 15, 2022 at 9:04 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - On the second day of the World Eskimo Indian Olympics, an event celebrating Alaska Native culture and dress was presented.

The Baby Regalia Contest featured seven contestants between 6 and 35 months of age, dressed in a variety of outfits representing aspects of Indigenous culture.

Three judges oversaw the event.

Entries were divided into four categories... Eskimo Fur, Eskimo Cloth, Indian Cloth and Indian Hide.

According to Volunteer Amber Vaska, “Our regalia is something that we’ve treasured for thousands of years.”

“You never know what kind of accessory the kids will have. Sometimes they might have a Barbie Doll that has its own regalia. Some will have medicine bags and other traditional items that they’ll be carrying with them,” she added.

A parade of the contestants as well as the results were scheduled for 6:00 p.m. the same evening, and on Friday, July 15, the games will run a regalia contest for all ages starting at 36 months old.

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