Tipi Village part of this years Ponoka Stampede

“The Town of Ponoka is very excited to be hosting the Tipi Village event in our community during the week of Stampede. June is National Indigenous History Month and this event is a great opportunity to learn about Indigenous culture and traditions,” said Mayor Kevin Ferguson

 

For the first time in Ponoka Stampede history, a Tipi Village will be set up next to the Ponoka Stampede grounds.

Inspired by the Blackfoot Tipi Village at the Calgary Stampede, the Four Nations of Maskwacis have come together with the Town of Ponoka to create a Cree version of the village.

Visitors will have the opportunity to journey through and explore each of the tipis, while experiencing Indigenous storytelling, artwork, cuisine and culture. 

In the spirit of reconciliation, Tipi Village events each day will include (weather dependent):

 

  • 12 – 1 p.m. Opening remarks and protocol 
  • 1 – 3 p.m. A Pow Wow showcase featuring traditional drumming, singing and dancing 
  • 3 – 4 p.m. Elders greetings from neighbouring Indigenous nations. 

 

The Town of Ponoka is very excited to be hosting the Tipi Village event in our community during the week of Stampede. June is National Indigenous History Month and this event is a great opportunity to learn about Indigenous culture and traditions,” said Mayor Kevin Ferguson. 

The Tipi Village will kick off with an opening ceremony on Monday, June 27 at 12 p.m. with a Pow Wow showcase, remarks from neighbouring Indigenous nations and a Council representative from the Town of Ponoka. 

There is no entry fee to attend Tipi Village and free parking will be available at the Ponoka Arena Complex. 

For a full look at the Ponoka Stampede events, click here. 

 

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