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
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
The 2016 Calgary Stampede will take
place July 8-17. For more information on the Calgary Stampede visit www.calgarystampede.com.
Follow Vanessa’s 2016 Calgary
Stampede Indian Princess reign at www.facebook.com/CSindianprincess.