If you enjoyed the Calgary Stampede, here’s your chance to see top level rodeo up close at the Tsuu T’ina Nation Indian Rodeo and Pow Wow, held each year in July. This is one of North America’s top Indian rodeos, combined with First Nations culture and the excitement of a traditional pow wow.
This event is held in the scenic Tsuu T’ina Nation, at the Redwood Fairgrounds near Bragg Creek, Alberta (about 30 minutes from Calgary). We had the opportunity to attend both the rodeo and pow wow, and highly recommend it for the whole family.
Rodeo…up close and personal
The Tsuu T’ina’s annual rodeo and pow wow has been held for more than 40 years. Top native cowboys and cowgirls from across Canada and the U.S. compete for cash and prizes in excess of $100,000 in added prize money.
At this rodeo you are so close to the action you can see the determination on the cowboy’s face as he tries to stay on top of a bucking bronco. The announcers are entertaining and a big screen lets you see the action complete with replays. Their are more than 300 competitors in events including: bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing, saddle bronc, and bareback riding.
The Pow Wow – a feast for the senses
The pow wow is both a competition and a celebration of native culture, with hundreds of the best traditional dancers, singers and drummers from across North America participating.
As the pow wow begins, it’s a thrill to hear the steady beat of the drums, the voices singing, bells ringing. And then it’s time for the grand entry of native dancers from across North America in beautiful and elaborate traditional garments.
More keep filing in, joining the rest in the centre of the building, until the room is a swirl of colour and dancing.
When you go:
- There are rodeo events daily, with the top finishers in each category competing in the finals on Sunday
- Pow wow gets underway at 7pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday
- Fireworks each evening
- Plenty of food concessions are on the grounds, with everything from hot dogs and mini donuts, to very tasty Indian tacos
- There are also booths selling traditional crafts, jewelry and clothing, and more
- Location: Redwood Meadows Arena, 12 km northeast of Bragg Creek, Alberta on Highway 22
For more information check the event Facebook page.
This post is part of the Travel Photo Monday linkup.