Calgary – The 2023 Calgary Stampede Powwow is back for two days only, and everyone is invited! Experience cultures, community, celebration, and extraordinary competition at the Saddledome on July 12 and 13.
The Calgary Stampede Powwow highlights the diversity of First Nations dancing, singing, and drumming, and features some of the best competitors from across North America. Access to this event is free with admission, so be sure to catch this must-see competition.
“We can’t wait to welcome everyone to the Stampede Powwow in the Saddledome. In our culture, a powwow is a celebration – something to bring our community together,” says Cheryl Crowchief, Powwow Coordinator. “This powwow is drawing dancers from all over Canada and the United States so visitors will see competition and get to learn about our cultures.”
Competitors will showcase a variety of dance styles, including Women’s and Men’s Fancy, Women’s and Men’s Traditional, Women’s Jingle, Men’s Buckskin, Men’s Grass, and Men’s Chicken Dance. Talented drummers and singers will play alongside dancers from each category, making for a truly remarkable and vibrant cultural experience.
If you’ve never been to a powwow, now is your chance to be dazzled by world-class competitors, learn about the origins and contemporary practices of powwow dancing and immerse yourself in this one-of-a-kind event. Grab your favourite Midway treat and drop in to catch all or part of the competition. More information about the 2023 Calgary Stampede Powwow is available here.
The competition builds daily - from noon to 6 p.m. - until the finals, where top dancers in each category compete for a chance to win part of the $200,000 in prize money.
A preview of the Calgary Stampede Powwow is available here.
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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