Time to go shopping for dinner, old-school style! I was pretty excited to visit Oliver, BC to try out archery (tuxwa'ts). As a former police officer, I have experience using a gun, but this would be my first time picking up a bow and arrow. Back in the old days, the bow and arrow was an important weapon for warfare and hunting. A warrior has to make sure his family doesn’t go hungry!
Strain your Brain
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“What a long strange trip it’s been.” Host Steve Sxwithul’txw looks back at Season One and recounts his injury tally as well as all of the friends he’s made along the way. Countless youth have challenged him to the edge of his limits, but somehow he has managed to survive – relatively unscathed.
Host Steve Sxwithul’txw learns how to play the games and finds that they may seem easy, but it takes years to become expert at them. As usual, Steve gives his all and is mostly outperformed by the youth of the community who take great delight in teaching him the finer points of the games during this lively fun-filled northern gathering.
The Inuit have developed to survive in their harsh landscape. Games like the Two Foot High Kick, The Alaskan High Kick, the Kneel Jump, the Airplane, the Knuckle Hop and Sledge Hop. These games are incredibly hard to perform well and they are vital to the health and vitality of the youth who traditionally live above the tree line.
Host Steve Sxwithul’txw learns how Snowsnakes are made (and why women cannot be present while they are) and how the game originated. These sleek projectile are works of art in themselves and are finely tuned to gain maximum advantage in competition. Steve learns the art of making snakes, practices intensely, and then heads north to Whitehorse to pit himself against the best in the game.
Host Steve Sxwithul’txw takes on one of his biggest challenges when he visits Whistler, BC and tries his hand at Snowboarding. He starts on the bunny hill and moves his way up. He is taught by the members of the First Nations Snowboard Team as they put him through his paces and prepare him for his first competition. And the crowd rallies behind Steve in this festive celebration of a sport that has been so enthusiastically embraced by First Nations youth.
Host Steve Sxwithul’txw takes on the game of Longball, a game that many thought would never be played again. The rules and the only surviving bat were rediscovered in the archives of the Woodland Cultural Centre and is now enjoying a new life thanks to the kids of Six Nations. As usual, Steve learns some new skills and celebrates the rebirth of an ancient game.
Host Steve Sxwithul’txw tries his hand (and the rest of his body) at Hoop Dancing – a sport (and an incredibly difficult one) that requires dexterity, balance, rhythm, endurance, and multitasking! Champion Gary Abbott and his son show Steve, hoop by hoop, how to build a complex dance routine that not only requires precision but has to tell a story as well. Some hoop dancers can dance with over 24 hoops at a time. The question is, can Steve?
Host Steve Sxwithul’txw takes on some unusual challenges when he visits Seabird Island in British Columbia. The games that are integrated into the school programs are ones that have been traditionally played for hundreds of years. Knobbies (a kind of bolo game) traditionally could only be played by women. But this time, an exception is made for Steve. All of the kids rally behind him in this daily celebration of aboriginal culture.
Host Steve Sxwithul’txw takes on many tough challenges when he visits the Metis Voyageur Games in Ontario. This event recreates the difficult travels of the early voyageurs. Steve shows his strength in log lifting and sack carrying events, and his hunting ability is put to the test with hatchet throwing. Scotty Francis is a veteran Metis competitor, and he helps Steve to hone his skills. And the crowd rallies behind Steve in this festive celebration of Metis culture.
Host Steve Sxwithul’txw discovers the rich history of lacrosse in North Vancouver. This community has been playing Canada’s national sport for hundreds of years. Steve gets his own jersey and protective gear before getting training in a lacrosse box and veteran Sam Seward shares his own dedication to the game. Steve is put through the paces by a little tykes lacrosse team before taking on bigger competition at a local arena.
Host Steve Sxwithul’txw returns to his home territory to discover the sport of his ancestors. The Coast Salish war canoe races take place on Vancouver Island every summer. Steve has a tough time paddling with the team, and also simply staying in the canoe. Young girls from the Stz’uminus Nation try to teach Steve everything they know about paddling. Steve’s new found skills are put to the test in a race against other war canoes.
Warrior Games heads to Mississippi to discover the ancient sport of Stickball. Local Native American communities have been settling disputes with this war-like game for centuries. Host Steve Sxwithul’txw gets tips on scoring goals and avoiding injuries. James Denson is a seasoned veteran of the brutal game, and he shares his passion for the sport. We find out how Stickball is used to train young people to become warriors on the field and in life.