Strathmore, Siksika Connection to Calgary Stampede Royalty – StrathmoreNow.com
The 2022 Calgary Stampede is right around the corner, and this year’s new royalty has a special connection to that community.
The First Nations Princess and Princess of the Stampede will act as ambassadors for the Calgary Stampede and Treaty 7 celebrating the western way of life at home and abroad during their reign.
Calgary Stampede First Nations Princess Sikapinakii Low Horn is a 26-year-old traditional dancer from the Siksika Nation. She is currently attending the University of Calgary as a graduate student in fine arts.
Stampede Princess Jenna Peters works in the energy industry, also participates in Cowboy Challenge events and is a former Stampede Showrider.
Low Horn talks about how she felt when she was crowned.
“It’s definitely settled now. I’m really getting used to everything and I’m really excited. Honestly when I was crowned I was very shocked because I felt like I shouldn’t but I was really doubting myself and I think it was very shocking to me,” he said. she declared.
“I felt so blessed and grateful to have been chosen to represent and be an ambassador for not only the Calgary Stampede, but also for my Siksika Nation,” Low Horn said.
This year, the Calgary Stampede will host a spectacular international powwow. Low Horn explained that she assumes she will be part of the powwow and that in the past at Elbow River Camp there have also been powwow competitions.
“This powwow is going to be much bigger and so I have no doubt that I will definitely be there to support the dancers and I’m not just representing the Siksika Nation, I will be representing all of the Treaty 7 nations,” he said. she declared. .
“It’s very important to me to be an ambassador for the Calgary Stampede and Treaty 7. It’s also very important to me to be an ambassador for the Siksika Nation,” she said.
Something she hopes to share with audiences during the stampede is her ability to share her experiences through storytelling.
“I was raised with my grandparents and my parents, my uncles and my aunts, whatever opportunity they had, they always told us stories growing up, and I think that’s the only thing I really, really like doing now is being able to tell stories not only about myself, but also about the Blackfoot people, the people of Treaty 7, but also about the land and even about the language” , said Low Horn.
Jenna Peters, the 2022 Calgary Stampede Princess, knows Strathmore very well. Having been a former Calgary Stampede showrider who rode at the Lausen Arena.
“I was blessed to be a Calgary Stampede showrider for three years when I was 14, 15 and 16.
And I was blessed to be a part of the centennial year of the Stampede and what goes with it is that the Calgary Stampede showriders traveled to Pasadena to ride and represent the Calgary Stampede in the parade of the Rose Bowl and as well as the parades at Disneyland and just being able to carry the Calgary Stampede brand overseas and represent this organization has been such an amazing experience for me,” she said. “It really ignited a burning passion in my heart to keep doing this. The Calgary Stampede is the reason I am who I am today,” she said.
“I see this as an opportunity to develop myself as well as an opportunity to give back as an ambassador and this role, really, is such an honor. It’s something my older sister had done before me to do it, and following in her footsteps and sharing this journey with her is something that means a lot to me,” Peters said.
Something she wants to convey to Calgary Stampede visitors this year is
“Sikapinakii and I have to challenge, maybe traditional views of what this role looks like and so for us, we’re both very passionate about academics and there’s so much depth to this role,” said she declared.
She said that they will both be able to share their culture during the ambassador role and keep the western way of life alive.
“I think the pandemic has kind of set us back a bit, but something so important is that personal connection that authenticity and Western values. Being able to greet someone with a smile and shake their hand and give them that warm, welcoming feeling is what I want to make sure visitors know the Calgary Stampede is still behind it. It’s still absolutely very important to us this year,” she said.
Peters wanted people in the Strathmore area to know that there is also a personal connection between the community and the Calgary Stampede.
For several years, the Calgary Stampede showriders have been led by Strathmore resident Jamee DeWitt.
“Strathmore is very close to home for her. I’ve been to Strathmore quite a bit so it’s also a home for me. I did a lot of riding at Lausen Arena and it’s just an amazing community there,” she said.
“She has been an incredible asset to the program over the past 10 years. I think she changed the program so much and having someone in Strathmore representing the Stampede is amazing,” Peters said.