Calgary Stampede's 2023 First Nations Princess crowned

2023 Calgary Stampede Princess Sarah Lambros, alongside 2023 Calgary Stampede First Nations Princess Alayiah Wolf Child

Alayiah Wolf Child was awarded the title out of three finalists

 

The Calgary Stampede's 2023 First Nations Princess has been crowned after a month-long competition that included traditional dance, public speaking, cultural knowledge and personal interviews. 

Alayiah Wolf Child is a 24-year-old Blackfoot woman and a proud member of Siksika Nation. Her Blackfoot name is Massamahkoyinnimaki which roughly translates to “Long Time Thunder Pipe Woman.” Alayiah was brought up as both a Traditional and Jingle Dress dancer in the Elbow River Camp and possesses a deep love and respect for the western culture that both her grandparents loved so much.

As the Stampede's First Nations Princess, Wolf Child will attend hundreds of events in the upcoming year, as well as act as an ambassador of Elbow River Camp.

Alayiah has always been an avid supporter of not only the Blackfoot culture but also the rich Western culture that surrounds Mohkinstsis (Calgary). As such she has made it her mission to not only teach others about the vision Guy Weadick had for Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth that we all know as the Calgary Stampede as well as to encourage each and every young girl, woman and person within Treaty 7 and Calgary that with a strong dream, hard work and determination, you can achieve anything you put your mind to.

Steve McDonough is the president and chairman of the board of the Calgary Stampede.

"This is a fantastic day and a fantastic event, Having three young First Nations women stepping in and stepping up on behalf of their culture and their community, it's just so amazing to be a part of." 

 

 

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