From the Siksika Nation, the 2014 Calgary Stampede Indian Princess is Carly Weasel Child.
A jingle dress dancer, she is currently attending Siksika College with plans to attend the University of Calgary towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications for a future career in journalism or public relations.
Carly whose Blackfoot name is Papainhkkiakii meaning “Dream Singing Woman” was taught to take pride in her culture and pass her knowledge onto future generations. She believes both the social and spiritual sides of her culture are the key to her identity.
As the 2014 Indian Princess, Carly inherits the opportunity to represent her community, the Calgary Stampede and the five tribes of Treaty 7. She also continues a family legacy as three past relatives were also crowned Indian Princess, which inspired her to follow in their footsteps.
“It’s an incredible honor to carry the title of Calgary Stampede Indian Princess and have this opportunity to make a positive impact for my community. I have always admired the strong women who have served as Indian Princess before me and I am so excited to share the beauty and importance of the First Nation’s culture during my year. I look forward to greeting visitors from around the world to Indian Village during the 2014 Calgary Stampede – the Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth!.”
Each year a young woman from one of the five tribes of Treaty 7 (Tsuu T’ina, Piikani, Stoney, Kainai and Siksika Nations) to stand as the official representative of Indian Village presented by Penn West Exploration and the Calgary Stampede.
As an official Calgary Stampede ambassador, the Indian Princess will make numerous appearances locally, nationally and internationally and will educate those she meets about the rich and colorful First Nations culture. She embraces the legacy of the iconic Indian Princess title and will go forth with honor and pride as she represents the five tribes of Treaty 7, the Indian Village and the Calgary Stampede.
INHERIT. INFORM. INSPIRE.