Canada 150 Pow­wow Silent Auc­tion brings event one step closer to re­al­ity

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

In prepa­ra­tion of Canada’s 150th birth­day, a silent auc­tion has brought Mike Fabrick one step closer to reach­ing his goal of hav­ing a Pow­wow for Canada Day.

The silent auc­tion held on June 3 raised ap­prox­i­mately $4,000 to­wards the pow­wow com­pe­ti­tion.

“Over­all, it went good but we could have done bet­ter,” said Mike Fabrick, Pow­wow event or­ga­nizer. “There was so much go­ing on in the val­ley that day.”

With Canada Day fast ap­proach­ing, the next steps have been to ex­tend to cor­po­rate spon­sors for spe­cific dances. More spon­sor­ship opportunities like teepee vil­lage ban­ners and prizes are now up for grabs as well.

Dancers are in eight dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories where they can com­pete for prizes.

Be­fore Drumheller was founded, the ac­tual lo­ca­tion of Drumheller used to be a meet­ing place for tribes to trade and de­lib­er­ate top­ics. The area acted as a neu­tral ground for ev­ery­one.

“It has a sig­nif­i­cance to it,” said Fabrick. “That’s where they would gather and cel­e­brate and do their bar­ter­ing, and then af­ter­wards they would go their sep­a­rate ways and get back to life.”

Three artists were in at­ten­dance for the auc­tion to give an au­then­tic touch to the fundraiser.

The one Sik­sika Na­tion artist was do­ing be­hind the scenes work like or­ga­niz­ing dancers and get­ting teepees ready for the event.

The sec­ond artist does re­brand­ing of items and she cre­ates pic­tures and paint­ings. The third artist does am­ber carv­ing where he was able to demon­strate his craft out­side the store on the day of the auc- tion. “It’s neat for peo­ple to come by and see,” said Fabrick.

Qual­ity items were do­nated by the com­mu­nity for the auc­tion, giv­ing Fabrick a great op­por­tu­nity to re­sell to raise fund­ing.

“It was amaz­ing how the com­mu­nity gave us dona­tions for the silent auc­tion, it was over­whelm­ing of all the stuff that we had,” said Fabrick.

Be­sides the com­mu­ni­ties many do­nated items, the over­all ap­proval for the pow­wow has been noth­ing short of sup­port.

“The com­mu­nity re­ally stepped up,” said Fabrick.

The event is meant to be a large part of the day by al­low­ing ev­ery­one to par­tic­i­pate and en­joy.

“It is meant to be a cel­e­bra­tion and we want it to be free for ev­ery­body,” said Fabrick.

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