2013 Calgary Stampede Indian Princess crowned
Calgary – At a traditional transfer ceremony, Amber Big Plume, from Tsuu T’ina Nation, was crowned the 2013 Calgary Stampede Indian Princess by Amelia Crowshoe, 2012 Centennial Indian Princess.
Big Plume’s family has been participating in Indian Village for the past 36 years. Big Plume fully embraces her cultural traditions and realizes the importance of passing this knowledge onto future generations and the world.
A fancy shawl dancer, Amber is a second year Law and Society student at the University of Calgary with plans to specialize in corporate law for First Nations communities.
As the 2013 Indian Princess, Big Plume accepts this blessing as an opportunity to reinforce and celebrate the partnership established between the First Nations tribes of Treaty 7 and the Calgary Stampede.
“I am incredibly honoured to serve as the 2013 Indian Princess,” says Big Plume. “I am excited to represent the Indian Village, honour the vision of Guy Weadick and our Elders as well as celebrate the history between the five Tribes of Treaty 7 and the Calgary Stampede.”
Each year, the Calgary Stampede Indian Events committee selects a young woman from one of the five Tribes of Treaty 7 (Tsuu T’ina, Piikani, Stoney, Kainai and Siksika Nations) to stand as the official representative of Indian Village presented by Penn West Exploration. As an official Calgary Stampede ambassador, the Indian Princess will make over 350 appearances and will educate those she meets about the rich and colourful First Nations culture.
The Indian Princess is a positive youth role model who represents the Indian Village and the tribes of Treaty 7. Along with the Calgary Stampede Queen and Princesses, the Stampede Royalty promote the Calgary Stampede and the city of Calgary to the world.
For more information, please contact:
Indian Princess subcommittee, vice-chair