Calgary – The Calgary Stampede is proud to announce Falon Manywounds as the 2020 First Nations Princess. During a beautiful transfer ceremony, Astokomii Smith, the 2019 Calgary Stampede First Nations Princess ended her reign and passed the new crown to Manywounds. For the past two weeks, six young women participated in the competition which included public speaking and performances of traditional dance.
"Each year it is incredible to see strong, passionate and talented young ladies compete for the title of Calgary Stampede First Nations Princess,” says Vanessa Stiffarm, First Nations Princess committee. “Each of them has an unrivaled commitment to their community and culture. Falon will do a great job of representing the five nations of Treaty 7.”
Falon is a 25-year-old Jingle Dress dancer from Tsuut’ina Nation. Her passion is to learn more about the human body and has her diploma in Nutrition Science and Personal Training from Elevated Learning Academy.
Falon’s Tsuut’ina name is Lone White Buffalo Woman and was given to her by the late Fred Eagletail.
Falon wants to inspire people to achieve their goals, take failure as a learning lesson, and be thankful for every experience.
The Calgary Stampede First Nations Princess represents the nations of Treaty 7 - Kainai, Tsuut’ina, Stoney Nakoda, Siksika and Piikani – as well as Elbow River Camp presented by Enbridge and the Calgary Stampede. The 2020 First Nations 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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