Iconic Main Entrance enhancement commemorates century-long relationship with Treaty 7 First Nations
Calgary – The First Nations of Treaty 7 have always been an important part of the Calgary Stampede. This Centennial year, the Calgary Stampede is unveiling a Main Entrance enhancement to commemorate and celebrate the century-long relationship.
The iconic entrance, created by artist Marion Spencer, is designed to look like a half tipi. The semi-circle design, consisting of six poles and five 15 foot tall panels, wraps around the Main Entrance booths.
“The First Nations of Treaty 7 have played an important role within the Calgary Stampede since 1912,” says Mike Casey, president and chairman of the board, Calgary Stampede. “Walking through the new entrance is an excellent way to make all Park goers who enter via the Main Entrance aware of the significance of this relationship.”
Each panel depicts historic iconography that represents the five tribes of Treaty 7: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, Stoney Nakoda and Tsuu T’ina Nations.
The structure will also include an uplight that will illuminate the evening sky and shine up to the creator.
“The Main Entrance enhancement is designed to give Park goers the feeling that they are walking through a tipi,” says Roderick Tate, programming manager, Calgary Stampede. “It boldly announces your arrival to Stampede Park at Main Entrance.”
Stampede Park Main Entrance is located by the Victoria Stampede Station, adjacent to the BMO Centre. The Main Gate Enhancement can be seen from 17 Ave and MacLeod Trail North.
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