There is a lot of buzz in the Whati community. The Bi-annual handgame tournament is taking place this week. The tournament will be held at the Johnny Nitsiza Cultural Centre on February 9th-11th.
Handgame Committee President, Leon Nitsiza says that each team is comprised of nine people and there are over 30 teams participating – with the number expecting to increase.
More are still calling. People from Yellowknife, Behchoko, Fort Providence, Fort Simpson, Wrigley and some teams from Northern Alberta… Gameti.
The current jackpot for the tournament is $50,000 and may increase if more teams join says Nitsiza.
The first place prize is $18,000 dollars after that it’s up to six places. Maybe if we get more teams we will go up to eight place.
Due to the large turnout, there will be a large security presence at the centre to ensure safety of all those in attendance.
The Jonny Nitsiza Cultural Centre will also provide food and drum dancing. Individuals from out of town can use the Mezi Community School or daycare for accommodation.
Those interested in registering should contact Doreen Nitsiza at the community government office. Registration ends at noon on February, 9th, 2018.