Traditions take centre stage at Fort Smith Aboriginal Day celebrations

Traditions take centre stage at Fort Smith Aboriginal Day celebrations
Raylene Powder, centre, dazzled her way into first place at the Fort Smith Aboriginal Day traditional dress competition, with Henry Beaver, right, in second and “Fuzzy” Victor Marie in third.Photo: Dali Carmichael.

Traditions take centre stage at Aboriginal Day festivities.

Events host Mike Beaver gives his best moose call.

Photo: Dali Carmichael

Events host Mike Beaver gives his best moose call.

Henry Beaver Sr. takes aim during the Aboriginal Day bow and arrow contest in Fort Smith.

Photo: Dali Carmichael

Henry Beaver Sr. takes aim during the Aboriginal Day bow and arrow contest in Fort Smith.

Darryl Bourke races through an obstacle course carrying heavy loads of water.

Photo: Dali Carmichael

Darryl Bourke races through an obstacle course carrying heavy loads of water.

A tuckered out Daniel Jackson Jr. of Fort Good Hope sleeps on his dad, Daniel Jackson.

Photo: Paul Bannister

A tuckered out Daniel Jackson Jr. of Fort Good Hope sleeps on his dad, Daniel Jackson.

Don Desjarlais and Victor Marie hold the log as Cynthia White shows off her sawing skills.

Photo: Dali Carmichael

Don Desjarlais and Victor Marie hold the log as Cynthia White shows off her sawing skills.

Cynthia Foote throws an axe during the adult traditional games.

Photo: Dali Carmichael

Cynthia Foote throws an axe during the adult traditional games.

Brandon Waquin wins first place in the under 15 jigging competition.

Brandon Waquin wins first place in the under 15 jigging competition.

Bev Chepelsky and her daughter Yevah lead a line of drum dancers.

Bev Chepelsky and her daughter Yevah lead a line of drum dancers.

Maggie Sikeya’s bannock making station stays busy as crowds clamour for a tastes of her famous recipe.

Photo: Dali Carmichael

Maggie Sikeya’s bannock making station stays busy as crowds clamour for a tastes of her famous recipe.

Anna Coleman is Fort Smith’s top jigger.

Photo: Dali Carmichael

Anna Coleman is Fort Smith’s top jigger.

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