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ArtsCultureFurs11TuesdayJune242014P.O.Box5NormanWellsNTX0E0V0phone867-587-3700fax867-587-3701ByMARIACHURCHFortSmithsJaneDragonhasbeencollectingwildfursfromacrosstheNWTforthepast20yearsandthisspringnallyreachedhergoalofacompletecollection.Dragonnowhasatleastonepeltortaxidermyfromeachoftheterritorysfur-bearingwildlifefromthesmallmouse-hernalac-quiredpiece-tothegreatpolarbear.Nowtheelderhopestosharehercollectionwithyouthacrosstheterritory.ItsnotjusttoshowthekidshowbigthefursareandhowbigouranimalsarebuttoexplaintothemthatwerespectouranimalsanditspartofourlifeDragonsaid.Dragonrststartedcol-lectingfurswhilework-ingatPaulWilliamKaeserPWKhighschoolinFortSmithwhereshewasaskedtoteachtheculturalaspectoftheNorthernstudiesclass.Asapart-timetrapperwithherhusbandDavidshefeltfurwasanimportantpartofthatculture.IgotmyAboriginalteach-ingprogramandIcanwriteandspeakinmylanguageFortSmitheldercompletesNWTfurcollectionJaneDragonhopestobringfurstoschoolsacrosstheNorthsoIthoughtitwouldbenoproblembutwhenIstartedIrealizedIhadnothingtoteachmystudents.ThatswhenIsaidtomyhusbandthatifIcanhaveonepeltofeveryanimalwecatchIcanshareitwiththemshesaid.Manyofthepeltsweredif-culttoacquireDragonsaid.Mostofthelargeranimalslikemuskoxshehadtobuywhilesomelikethepolarbearweredonatedtoher.Twentyyearsandmanyused-uppaycheckslatertheelderhas18binsofwildNWTfurs-somanythatshecantevenbegintocountthem.Ireallyshouldcountthembecausepeoplekeepaskingmeshesaid.SomeofmyfoxesIhavevethatarealldifferentcolourssamewiththewolves.LastmonthDragontookthefullcollectiontoschoolsinHayRiverandFortResolu-tiontosharewiththeyouth.InthepastshehasbroughtthecollectiontostudentsattheDechintaCentreforResearchandLearningandtheFOXYretreatforyoungwomen.Ivebeensharingitwiththekidsthewholetimeshesaid.ForthemostpartstudentsareeagertolearnbutDragonsaidshehashadafewex-pressconcernaboutkillinganimals.Oncesheexplainstheculturalimportanceoftrappingandhuntingthestu-dentsalmostalwayschoosetotakeacloserlookshesaid.Ifyouexplaintothemthisishowpeopleusedtoliveatonetimethattheydontjustruntothestoreandbuyitandthatitskeepingthecul-turealivetheythankmeforsharingwiththemshesaid.DragonwhowasborninnorthernSaskatchewanbe-foremovingtoFortSmithwhenshewasninewasraisedbyhergrandparentswhowerenottrapperssoitwasntuntilshewasmarriedthatshetookuptrappingwithherhusband.Thatswhereandwhenshelearnedabouthercultureshesaid.MyhusbandwouldgetthemooseandIdhelphimdothemoosehidesandeshbeaversandwhatever.ThatsbecauseIwantedtolearnsoithastobewhatyouwantinlifeshesaid.Cultureisnotjustonething.Ilearnaboutothercul-turestoo.ItsnotjustfromonenativecultureitspartsofeverybodyscultureandyouputittogetherandthatshowyouliveDragonsaid.Itsnotjusttoshowthekidshowbigthefursareandhowbigouranimalsarebuttoexplaintothemthatwerespectouranimalsanditspartofourlife.ElderJaneDragonPhotoMariaChurchAfter20yearsofcollectingelderJaneDragonnowhasfurfromeveryanimalintheNWT.NWTyouthsoccercampenergizesFortSmithByDONJAQUEAlleyesoftheworldareonBrazilasithoststheFIFAWorldCupofsoccerthemostpopularofallsportingeventsbutalmostassignicantNWTyouthhadtheirownsoccermeetovertheweekendbringingcolourfulenergyastheteamssquaredoffwhilechristeningFortSmithsnewdowntownsoccerpitch.ClosetoahundredkeenNWTyouthgatheredinSmithalongwithparentsandcoachesoverthelongweekendinase-lectioncamptopreparetheNWTteamfortheWesternCanadaSummerGamesinFortMcMurraynextJuneandtheCanadaSummerGamesin2017.Theambitiouscampcomprisednearly30hoursofeldworktrainingmatchesandmeetings.JoiningFortSmithsplay-erswereyoungpeoplefromEnterpriseBehchokoFortLiardFortResolutionHayRiverandYellowknife.MichaelDoylecoachofthegirlsteamwaspleasedwithparticipationfromsomanycommunities.WhileitisachallengetokeepprogramsrunninginsmallcommunitieswhenthosewithsoccercoachingskillsusuallyteachersoftencomeandgohesaidsoccercontinuestogrowintheNWT.DoylesaidhewouldbeorganizinganothercampforgirlsinHayRiverlaterinthesummer.MeetingonMondaymorn-inginthesoccereldattheendofthecampNWTSoc-cerpresidentRogerVailalsooneofthecoachesinformedthegatheredyouththatresultswouldbepostedontheNWTSoccersitebyFriday.HeurgedthemalltogohomeandwatchtheWorldCupsoccermatchesandappreciatetheirgreatsport.Toseethenalresultsfromthetryoutsvisitwww.nwt-kicks.cahigh-performanceAfterthreedaysoftrainingandcamaraderieyoungsoccerplayersgatherMondaymorningattheendoftheFortSmithcamponelasttimebeforeheadingouttotheirhomecommunities.PhotoDonJaqueSportsRecreationSoccer