Photo: Calgary Stampede
Since 1912, the five tribes of the Treaty 7 First Nations have camped together in a circle at the Calgary Stampede
’s Indian Village. There is no other festival in North America that hosts such a gathering and this year it will take place at Enmax Park, a new and improved venue.
– The 11 acre village has space for 26 tipis along the Elbow River. The new location will house the Sweetgrass Lodge, a 1,115 sq m (12,000 sq ft) space for Indian Village offices and performer change rooms, the brand new Bannock Booth, and the opportunity for Treaty 7 presenters to engage students attending Stampede School with a tipi display.
- The enhanced Indian Village will include a village tour program with a focus on local berries and plants. Stage performances and dance competitions feature participants from the 26 Treaty 7 Tipi Owner families.
What’s in a Name?
- The name “Indian Village” has been used since 1912 and much discussion has gone into the possibility of changing it. For now, the Tipi Owners and Elders have decided to keep the historic name.