Mother Nature wasn't on her best behaviour, but that didn't stop dozens of aboriginal drummers and dancers and hundreds of spectators from enjoying the Dancing With the Dinosaurs Powwow on Canada Day.
 
The event was held in the park behind the Badlands Community Facility and featured a dance competition with prize money of $10,000 and over 22 categories.
 
"We managed to get all but two of the dances in, which was a feat in itself," recalled Mike Fabrick, who organized the event with his wife Lynn. "The dancers really seemed to appreciate the venue that we had for them and it was a really good day until it did rain."
 
"There was some familiar faces, yes, but there was a lot of new faces too (and) they were coming from all over," he added. "We had a drum group that showed up from Onion Lake, Saskatchewan and we had people from Maskwacis and Siksika and some Blood."
 
While he would have liked to dodge the rain that sent competitors and spectators scrambling for cover, Fabrick said they achieved their goal of bringing the community together.
 
"To enlighten people on the indigenous peoples' culture and let them know that not all things are negative when it comes to dealing with indigenous culture," he told Drum FM. "This is a celebration and that's what we promote it as and it was, it was a great celebration."
 
While it's too early to say for sure, Fabrick believes there will probably be a third annual powwow next summer.
 

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