Calgary – With the 10-day Calgary Stampede festival winding down, the spirit of Indian Village lives on at the Closing Ceremonies. Come and see Indian Village tipi owners who are members of the local Treaty 7 Nations partake in the closing ceremonies. Each year the ashes of the camp fire that burned throughout the 10-days are gathered and kept for an entire year. These ashes are then used to start the Opening Ceremonies the following year.

“When our people would move from camp to camp, they would take ashes from the fire with them so the fire in the new location could be started with ease,” explains Lowa Beebe, chair, Indian Events committee. This has been a long-standing tradition for Indian Village that symbolizes connectedness and unity, while allowing members to reflect on First Nations ancestry.

Please join us for the 2017 Closing Ceremonies of Indian Village.

WHAT: Indian Village Closing Ceremonies

WHEN: Sunday, July 16 starting at 5:45 p.m.

WHERE: Indian Village presented by Penn West, ENMAX Park

NOTE: Members of the Indian Princess Alumni program will be available for interviews following the ceremony

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About the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together, we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.


For more information, please contact:

Madeline Babinec
Advisor, Organizational Communications
Calgary Stampede
C 403.589.2088