- Demonstrated yo-yo at Guinness Book of World Records in London
- The frontier attitude of never say die spun Chris Kiana to the brink of success
- Northern entrepreneurs with the grit to hit gold
- Original 100 Alaska Eskimo Yo-Yo Stratagems.
- Wild & crazy Alaskans: Entrepreneur Chris Kiana
- Determined to sell the Eskimo Yo-Yo to the world
Christopher (Chris) J. Kiana, M.B.A., MA-RD, Ph.D., doctoral learner is an Inupiaq Eskimo: Inventing and writing tricks on the Alaska Eskimo Yo-Yo.
I thought my wife was going to divorce me when I invested $18,000 in 3 days having the videos made. She wanted to have the money for a down payment on a nice big house which was understandable. I wanted to get into the continued marketing of the Alaska Eskimo Yo-Yo.
My fellows peers, and even people that I didn’t know will tell you that I was and still am absolutely crazy to put all this time and money into getting this product to market for you to consider buying. This is the beauty of living in the United States.
One has the opportunity to strive to do something different and have the opportunity to “fall on your face” or “become successful”. My answer to people when they tell me “You’re crazy for still working and wasting money on the Eskimo Yo-Yo?” I simply tell them “I’m not crazy, my name is Chris Kiana.” I simply smile at them and walk away.
Northern entrepreneurs with the grit to hit gold.
The frontier attitude of “never say die” spun Chris Kiana Sr. to the brink of success. Determined to sell the Eskimo Yo-Yo to the world, Kiana faced frustrating barriers in his effort to find a marketer who believed in the Eskimo Yo-Yo idea as much as he did.
After a 12-year struggle and thousands of dollars of personal investment, he succeeded — and got a heady push down the road to fulfill his dream. Kiana’s story begins in rural Alaska. An Inupiaq Eskimo born in Selawik.
Chris Kiana Sr. is an Inupiaq Eskimo, graduated from High School and went to college for a couple of years and found out that his major wasn’t having a good time. He joined the U.S. Navy and served a couple of tours of duty at Vietnam in 1968-1969. After being out at sea for a couple of years without ever seeing land and traveling 150,000 miles on a destroyer escort, he decided to go back and graduate from College with a degree in Business Administration. Went on to work construction on the Trans Alaska Pipeline during its construction stage. He has worked as a mail clerk, carpenter, warehouseman, truck driver, pipe and structural welder complete with a welding truck, pipeline laborer, apprentice plumber, security guard.
He invented tricks and marketed the Eskimo Yo-Yo, consultant, and wrote and published three books. Chris has also written a screenplay on the shaman thriller book he published. After working for 25 years in these various trades/crafts/professional jobs, Chris decided to take night classes at Alaska Pacific University, taking Master of Business Administration classes. Chris graduated with a MBA in Marketing and Management.
He went back to graduate school and graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Rural Development from the University. He wants to continue writing and publishing books plus seek a movie production company to make a movie out of the Alaska Crying Baby book.
Involvement and Historical Account With Eskimo YoYo
1946: Learned the operations of the Alaska Eskimo Yo-Yo.
1969: Decided to market the Eskimo Yo-Yo at a future because of Click Clackers fadding across the U.S.
1980: Started inventing and writing tricks on the Alaska Eskimo Yo-Yo.
1985: Wrote first 50 trick instruction book and published.
1989: Had two videos made on the operations of the Eskimo Yo-Yo.
1989: Started looking for national toy company to make toy version of yo-yo.
1991: Invented 25 Ultra Expert rubber ball bouncing tricks.
1992: Found a toy company to make toy version of then called Orbitron.
1992: Demonstrated yo-yo at Guinness Book of World Records in London.
1993: Toy company had yo-yo manufactured and market it across U.S.
1993: Demonstrated Orbitron at the New York City Toy Fair Show.
1995: Toy company dropped manufacturing and marketing toy yo-yo.
1996: Published first 100 trick instruction book.
1997: Developed WebSite and started marketing on the Internet.
I have over 50 years operating the Alaska Eskimo Yo-Yo and have perfected it enough so that I could now start marketing it.
What did it take for me to get to this point? I have over 20,000 hours of my own time over the years and have invested quite a few thousand dollars into the toy since 1980.
No one else in the world out of 5.5 billion people can do what I have accomplished on inventing and writing tricks on the Alaska Eskimo Yo-Yo.
I found out in 1980 that this was a sleeper (meaning nothing done on writing and invention of tricks on it over the centuries). I further decided “What the heck!” and went ahead and went overboard towards the goal of getting the yo-yo marketed successfully.
He has entertained people from London to NYC to mid-west states with the operations of the Eskimo Yo-Yo.
The way I would entertain people now would be to have a dozen or two dozen Eskimo Yo-Yos, get them on stage or a big floor after discussing and showing the base operations of the Eskimo Yo-Yo.
This is totally different and unique. LV, I have been there at least 2-3 dozen times, though I haven’t entertained there, I am home there.
Chris Kiana, B.A., M.B.A., MA-RD, Ph.D.
Books by Christopher aka Chris J. Kiana, M.B.A., MA-RD, Ph.D.