|Day 2 - Calgary
This morning we C-Trained into town to Rope Square to watch the Treaty 7 riders and dances welcome everyone to Calgary. Chief, Reg Crowshoe from the Piikani tribe said it beautifully: Our creator made this wonderful world for us all to enjoy, so in turn we welcome you to our place.
The Indian Events Committee in partnership with the Tipi owners, is responsible for all native programming at the beautiful Indian Village. For the 10 days of Stampede, the tribes of Treaty 7, represented by the Nakoda (Stoney), Kainai (Blood), Siksika (Blackfoot), Peigan, Piikani and Tsuu Tina (Sarcee) Indians raise their tipis and re-enact life as it once was. They demonstrate Indian games, dancing, meat cutting skills and their tipis are opened to the public for inspection. Arts and crafts are exhibited and available for purchase along with bannock, a staple of the Indian diet.
We then headed for the Stampede ground. The Lighthorse demonstation was the history of different breeds and what they were used for - it was very interesting. Next stop was the Cowboy Up challenge, it was amazing to watch and No 4 Magen Warick take out 1st place. I've just looked at the final results and Annie Chance placed 1st overall and Magen placed 2nd.
The Chuck Wagon races were fast!!! and looked extremely dangerous but fun to watch. We were told by the guy sitting next to us, who lives in Calgary, that the arena, the track, the stage and everything else on the patch of ground gets used for 12 days a year - only why the Stampede is on!! WHAT - amazing facilities. The night show had some great singers and dancers called the Young Canadians who entertained us for about 2hrs and to finish there was a fireworks display. Another long day as we got back to the hotel just before 11.30pm. AMAZING - loved every minute of the Calgary Stampede :)