Introducing the 2018 Calgary Stampede Indian Princess – Cieran Starlight
Calgary – The Calgary Stampede is proud to introduce Cieran Starlight as the 2018 Indian Princess. Following two weeks of competition that included public speaking and performances of traditional dance, Starlight was selected from a group of five exceptionally talented, diverse and educated contestants.
"All of these young women have an incredible passion and knowledge for First Nations cultures and it is amazing to see them shine throughout this competition,” says Mackenzi Mitchell, Calgary Stampede Indian Princess committee. “We’re very excited to introduce Cieran Starlight, and know her poise and accomplishments will serve her well over the next year as the 2018 Calgary Stampede Indian Princess.”
Cieran Starlight is a 21 year old Jingle Dress dancer from Tsuut’ina First Nation. She is currently attending Alberta College of Art & Design where she is studying to obtain her Bachelor of Fine Arts. She hopes to eventually complete her Masters of Fine Arts.
Starlight’s artwork has become her vessel for staying connected with Treaty 7 and First Nations culture. An all-around artist, she recently had paintings showcased in a local gallery in Calgary. Starlight is also an avid bead worker with special talent for beading, sewing and designing traditional regalia. She has always dreamed of being the Calgary Stampede Indian Princess and now hopes to inspire the younger generation, showing them that they can achieve anything they put their minds to.
The Calgary Stampede Indian Princess represents all five nations of Treaty 7 - Kainai, Tsuut’ina, Stoney Nakoda, Siksika and Piikani – as well as Indian Village and the Calgary Stampede. The 2018 Indian Princess will make hundreds of appearances locally, nationally and internationally throughout her reign, educating those she meets about First Nations cultures as well as their connections to the iconic Calgary Stampede.
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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