|Photo-op with the 2nd runner-up in the Miss WEIO pageant|
Ultimately, the competition and camaraderie that the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics generates serves an even greater purpose: survival. The need for strong social bonds as well as physical and mental endurance was exceedingly great in such a hostile political and geographic landscape. Today, the WEIO serves dually as a means to combat the encroaching culture of mainstream America while simultaneously attempting to protect its own.
- Kristen Hunter