Calgary (Alberta) – Mother Nature is putting the finishing touches on the new home to Indian Village, in ENMAX Park. The warmer weather is greening the beautiful new park space and will be ready for the Indian Village’s first event, the Opening Ceremonies and Camp Moving Ceremony on Friday, July 8, the first day of the 2016 Calgary Stampede.
“The move to ENMAX Park is something we are looking very forward to,” says Russ Sabo, chair, Indian Events committee. “Approximately 500 people from the five tribes of Treaty 7 will live in this beautiful space during the 10 days. The relocation of the Village to an original camping location from more than 100 years ago is incredible.”
Visitors can experience a number of activities at Indian Village including daily dance demonstrations and tipi raising competitions; cooking demonstrations over a an open fire and traditional arts and crafts created by Treaty 7 artisans.
Along with the Indian Village move, the Bannok Booth, a Stampede favourite, will also be located in a new location inside the Sweetgrass Lodge in ENMAX Park.
Five things to know about Indian Village:
1. ENMAX Park will be the third home of Indian Village – their first home was under the Sun Tree, near the North West corner of Stampede Park. In 1974, Indian Village moved to the south end of the Park.
2. More than 7,400 pieces of Bannock, a traditional bread, were consumed in 2015.
3. The Eagle Staff is traditionally carried by First Nations as their flag. When the flag is brought into an arena, the Flag Song is sung, a sign of respect that requires those attending to stand.
4. The Calgary Stampede hosts an annual competition Pow Wow that brings dancers from all across North America. These traditional gatherings feature dancing and may be used to celebrate or to honour an individual.
5. More than 1,800 participants bring Indian Village to life during the Stampede, including those who will live in the Village during the Stampede.
The Calgary Stampede runs July 8 – 17, 2016. For more information on Indian Village or the Calgary Stampede, visit calgarystampede.com.
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.
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