The head pull is a game that can be compared to a tug-of-war between two competitors. The competitors position themselves on the ground facing each other, supported only on their hands and toes and a leather loop is placed around their heads above the ears. The higher the loop is placed around the head the more difficult the game becomes.
Upon signal, the competitors use their strength to begin pulling steadily. The match ends when one competitor manages to pull his or her competitor across the target line or pulls the belt off his or her competitor's head.
The winner continues on in the competition facing other winners in an elimination style tournament until there is one ultimate winner.
About Northern Games
The traditional Northern Games originate from the time when the Inuvialuit were still semi-nomadic and are played for both fun and survival, developing strength, endurance, and resistance to pain, or when groups from different areas visited.
Today, the annual Northern Games keeps the traditions of celebration, gathering, and sharing alive.