In 2016, the Calgary Stampede Indian Village settled in its new site at ENMAX Park on the northeast corner of Stampede Park. A total of 26 teepees are annually raised by the five Treaty 7 nations—Tsuut’ina, Siksika, Piikani, Kainai and Stoney Nakoda.
The teepee owners and their families set up camp for the duration of the Calgary Stampede (July 6 to 15, 2018) and welcome visitors inside to share insights into how they once lived. Meat cutting and drying demonstrations are held at the village firepits and the bannock booth serves up the tasty fried bread staple. Try traditional bannock with Saskatoon berry jam. Held daily, the powwow competition sees each nation participating in fancy shawl, traditional and jingle dress dance competitions.
[This story appears in the June 2017 issue of WestJet Magazine and has since been updated]
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