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ArtsCultureTalentShow12TuesdayJune242014NorthernprideshinesatDeneNationtalentshowByMEAGANWOHLBERGDenelovesongsoldcoun-tryhitsandtraditionaljigstookcentrestageatlastWednesdaystalentshowinFortSmithduringthe44thannualDeneNationalAssembly.Over30delegatesandcom-munitymembersfromacrossDenendehwerebraveenoughtocompetefortheaudiencescheersthejudgespraiseandtheprizemoneyperforminginmenswomensandduosingingalongwithjigging.Takingthecoveted1000prizeforthenightsbestoverallperformerwasLucyTulugarjukofFortSmithwhoalsowonthewomenssingingcategorywithhertraditionalInuitthroatsing-inganddrumdance.Youngsinger-songwriterHeatherPowdertooksecondforheroriginalguitartunesafteratie-breakerwiththirdplacenisherMarlenePoitras.OnthemenssideGeorgeMackenzieofBehchokode-liveredahilariousDenelovesongperformancebasedonthetruestoryofa40year-oldhickeyfromwhenhewasayoungmaninFortSmith.RegionalAssemblyofFirstNationsChiefPerryBellegardeofTreaty4ter-ritoryinSaskatchewanwonsecondinthemenssing-ingcontestalsoafteratie-breakerwiththirdplacewinnerWillLawrencewhoperformedhisownsongsonguitar.Bellegardedonatedhis300prizemoneytoCKLBRadio.OnlytwoteamscompetedinthecouplescontestwithLouisMercrediandMillieHudsonfromFortSmithtak-ingrstoverPeterandEvan-gelineHuskeyofBehchoko.ThirteenjiggersburnedupthedanceoorforthetopprizeintheircategorywithFortSmithsMarySchaefertakingrstplaceoverrun-nersupVictorMariealsoofFortSmithandAndrewJohnKennyfromDeline.Helpedoutbyfamedd-dlerAngusBeaulieuofFortResolutionhometownheroesNorthCountryRockkeptthedanceoorhoppingbetweencontests.Handgamesfollowedtheshowwithdrummerscarryingplayerslateintothenight.Fansenjoyicecreamwhilewatchingtheirlocalstarscompeteinthetalentshow.ThenightsbestoverallentertainerLucyTulugarjukperformsanInuitdrumdance.GeorgeMackenzieofBehchokosingshiswinningDenelovesongtellingthetruestoryofaFortSmithhickeytotakerstplaceinthemenssingingcompetition.MarySchaeferofFortSmithjigsherwaytorstplaceatthetal-entshowheldindowntownFortSmithonWednesdayevening.AlbertBoucherofLutselKejigshisheartouttotheddletunesofFortResolutionsAngusBeaulieu.YoungKyrenPoitrasofFortSmithtakeshisturnonthedanceoortoperformalittlejigforthehappycrowd.PhotosMeaganWohlberg