Aboriginal sports get close-up on TV’s Warrior Games

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This guy builds relationships with Aboriginal youth by travelling to their traditional territory and engaging them by playing their traditions games with them. APTN has apparently booked thirteen episodes.

APTN series highlights Yukon’s aboriginal sports

The first episode aired on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

Warrior Games Episode Guide

How was Steve Sxwithul’txw injured filming Warrior Games? Let us count the ways. In the first episode, the host of the First Nations sports show got a bruised elbow, sore knee and pulled back muscle playing stickball. In this week’s episode, he gets a bruised ego as he’s out-paddled by a girl in war canoe races.

The lesson? Sometimes it’s easier to play a good sport than to be one.

“I sustained some injuries and some bruising and whatnot through that game (of stickball) and had to swallow my pride each time I was out working with those people,” he says. “Stickball is similar to lacrosse except that you have two sticks. It’s very brutal.”

The war canoe games were less bloody, but equally challenging. “I grew up around it and watched it, but actually never had been in one until the episode,” says Sxwithul’txw, who’s from the Penelakut Tribe…

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