Meet the 2014 Indian Princess
When your aunt, cousin and oldest sister have all been crowned Stampede Royalty in the past, the pressure to follow suit certainly must be great. But for Carly Weasel Child, the motivation to become the 2014 Indian Princess goes well beyond keeping up with relatives.
“I am so proud and honoured to be named this year’s Indian Princess. This has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember,” Weasel Child explains.
Weasel Child, whose Blackfoot name is Papainhkkiakii - meaning “Dream Singing Woman”, is the new ambassador for the Calgary Stampede and the five tribes of Treaty 7 as the official representative of Indian Village presented by Penn West Exploration.
Although her reign as Indian Princess has only just begun, the journey is already off to a whirlwind start.
“The day I was crowned, I attended my first event at the Travel Alberta Conference. Shortly after, I was on a plane and headed to Germany with the Canadian Tourism Commission. I visited the Berlin Wall on Remembrance Day, plus I met with local media and journalists – spoke about the Stampede, about myself and performed a dance in my jingle dress.”
The overseas excursion was a first for Weasel Child, and she relished the chance to meet new people and experience a new culture. She also knows that a busy schedule is only going to get busier leading up to the Stampede in July.
“The year is filled with so many interesting events – from Grey Cup to rodeos. And of course, I can’t wait for Stampede! I’m excited to take it all in.”
Carly is currently attending Siksika College with plans to attend the University of Calgary and obtain a bachelor’s degree in mass communications for a future career in journalism or public relations. But for now, her focus is squarely on the intense and continual training and preparation that come with the Indian Princess role. Designed around meaningful youth development, the Indian Princess program will allow Weasel Child to become a stronger, more confident woman and a better public speaker.
“I am very grateful for this opportunity. I’d like to thank the Stampede, the Indian Events committee, and my family and friends for supporting me. I know it’s a huge responsibility, and I intend to do the best I possibly can.”
With a confident yet humble approach, Carly Weasel Child will surely win over the hearts of Calgarians and visitors alike in the coming months.