Indian Princess 2016




The Calgary Stampede is pleased to introduce Vanessa Stiffarm as the 2016 Indian Princess. Vanessa is 25 years old and from the Kainai First Nation, also known as the Blood Tribe. Vanessa’s Blackfoot name is i’kiwayohtowa, which means Heard All Over and comes from the sound of thunder. This name was given to her by her grandmother.

Vanessa is a ladies Jingle Dress & Fancy Shawl dancer and is working towards her goal of completing her undergrad degree in Biochemistry to pursue her life-long dream to be a Pediatrician. Her parents are Evelyn Killsback, from the Blood Tribe, and John Stiffarm,from the A'aniiinin (Gros Ventre tribe) and her grandparents are Roger and Cathy Hunt, also from the Blood Tribe.  All have taught Vanessa much about her native culture and traditions and are key supporters to her. 



Vanessa is honored to be a role model for her community and looks forward to encouraging other young First Nations women to strive for their life goals while maintaining their traditions and culture. Throughout Vanessa’s reign, she hopes to educate people about her traditions and culture by sharing her experiences of growing up in a Pow-wow family and what she has learned along the Pow-wow trail.


Each year at the annual pageant a panel of judges representative of the Calgary Stampede, the Treaty 7 nations,  our sponsors and  the community, select a young woman from one of the five tribes of Treaty 7 (TsuuT’ina, Piikani, Stoney, Kainai and Siksika Nations) to be the official representative of the Calgary Stampede and Indian Village, presented by Penn West.


As part of the Official Stampede Royalty program, the 2016 Calgary Stampede Indian Princess will make hundreds of appearances during her reign and will talk to those she meets about the rich, colorful First Nations culture. Vanessa embraces the legacy of the Calgary Stampede Indian Princess title and will wear the crown proudly as she represents the Tribes of Treaty 7, the Indian Village and the Calgary Stampede.


In 2016, the Indian Village will be moving to a new location along the banks of the Elbow River. This larger Village will have improved facilities, expanded performance areas and welcoming green space for visitors, Tipi Holders, performers and Indian Village employees.  


The 2016 Calgary Stampede will take place July 8-17. For more information on the Calgary Stampede visit


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