A celebration of cultures. A gathering of community. You are invited to feel the beat, feel connected, and watch the thrill of competition at the Stampede Powwow, a free-with-admission event happening July 12 – 14 from 3 – 6 p.m. in the Saddledome. This powwow brings the top competitors from across North America to compete for $175,000 in prize money.
If you’ve never been to a powwow, now is your chance to be dazzled by world-class competitors, learn about the origins and contemporary practices of powwow dancing and immerse yourself in this one-of-a-kind event. Grab your favourite Midway treat and drop in to catch all or part of the competition. The Stampede Powwow is free with admission – we can’t wait to see you at this not-to-be-missed event!View the Powwwow Dances
The Stampede Powwow is happening July 12-14 in the Saddledome, from 3-6 p.m. Everyone is invited to this celebration of cultures and gathering of community!
For even more powwow action, make sure to visit the powwow demonstrations happening daily in Elbow River Camp, presented by Enbridge. Find out more information about these demonstrations at calgarystampede.com/elbowrivercamp.
This event is free with Admission to Stampede Park! No tickets required to enter the Saddledome for this event.
Catch all three days of the Stampede Powwow, July 12-14, as well as all of the other free programming on Stampede Park, with the Stampede SuperPass! Get 10 days of entries and 10 days of fun for only $49 plus GST! Purchase your SuperPass or learn more at calgarystampede.com/superpass. SuperPass sales end July 4, 2022.
Stampede Park is located on the SE end of downtown Calgary at 1410 Olympic Way, SE. Parking and public transit information can be found here.
For those able, enter through The Saddledome Steps on the west side of the Saddledome. There is an accessible entrance on the north side, following the road. View a map, here.
Seating for the event will be in the lower bowl of the Saddledome, and chairs will be provided (no need to bring your own). You are welcome to bring blankets, but reserving seats should be limited. Seating is first-come, first-serve for this free-with-admission event.
Yes – photos and videos are permitted of the competition.
You’re encouraged to grab some of your favourite Midway foods to enjoy while watching the competition. Soft drinks and snacks will be available for purchase inside the Saddledome. Looking for frybread? Head over to the Bannock Booth in Elbow River Camp presented by Enbridge, which is open daily from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Looking for local Indigenous jewelry, art and other handmade goods? Vendors can be found in Elbow River Camp presented by Enbridge. There are no vendors in the Saddledome, but many to enjoy in Elbow River Camp!
Everyone is invited to this celebration of cultures. This powwow is a great way to learn about Indigenous cultures. You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind event!
Each day you will see individual competitors performing in different categories of competition. There are eight (8) styles of dance that each have their own competitive categories and two age groups. Individual competitors will enter the arena and dance to music performed by one of the nine (9) drum groups. Although there are multiple competitors on the floor at once, each competitor is scored individually.
Audiences will feel the beat as the top-notch competitors compete in a variety of Indigenous dance styles, including Men’s Chicken, Men and Women’s Fancy, Men’s Grass, Women’s Jingle, and Men’s and Women’s Traditional, Men’s Buckskin and the Cowboy Special. The event will also showcase high-calibre drummers and singers, who will provide the soundtrack to the dance competition.
When a competitor is on the floor, a group of judges is watching and scoring their performance. Scores relate to how well a dancer is responding to the music being provided by the drum groups and how well they are executing footwork and body movement. On the first two days, dancers are competing for points to make it to the Top 20 in each category. On Thursday, July 14 the Top 20 in each category will compete for a place in the Top 10 and a cash prize.
There is no registration fee for Stampede Powwow competitors.
Understanding the rising cost of travel and transportation for competitors, we have made the decision to waive registration fees for the Stampede Powwow, in an effort to make the Powwow accessible to more dancers.
We hope you can join us!
The Stampede Powwow is produced in collaboration with Powwow Times. Patrick and Marrisa Mitsuing are the duo behind Powwow Times, who have been producing events throughout the province for over 15 years. Both Marrisa and Patrick are champion dancers themselves – Patrick has been competing at powwows since the age of 13, and although she started later, Marrisa has been reconnecting and learning about her culture through powwow and dance.
The Stampede Powwow Coordinator, Cheryl Crowchief, is from the Piikani First Nation. Other Treaty 7 members in key positions include an Assistant Powwow Coordinator, three (3) Arena Directors, two (2) MCs, as well as There are six (6) Arena Directors; three (3) are from Treaty 7 nations.
The Stampede Powwow is excited to host top Indigenous competitors from across Canada and the United States, including those from Treaty 7 nations, and Elbow River Camp Tipi Holding families who have registered to compete.
During all 10 days of Stampede, the powwow demonstrations that visitors know and love will still be taking place in Elbow River Camp, presented by Enbridge and we invite guests to visit and experience a piece of Treaty 7 culture at these demonstrations. Find out more information about these demonstrations at calgarystampede.com/elbowrivercamp.
The Stampede Powwow is an additional opportunity for guests to experience Indigenous programming and culture at the Calgary Stampede, and we are thrilled to be working with Powwow Times on this program that will highlight Indigenous talent from across Canada and the United States.
Children are welcome to attend as spectators. In our pilot year, we currently do not have a children’s category. This is something we will take into consideration when planning for future years and competitions.
Elbow River Camp is excited to host a Youth demonstration powwow on Kids Day, Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Spectators are invited and encouraged to attend.
Indigenous Tourism Alberta is supporting the Stampede Powwow, and are ecstatic to bring more Indigenous tourism experiences to the province.