The annual Tsuu T’ina Pow Wow and Rodeo will be held from July 24-26 at the Redwood Meadows rodeo grounds, across the highway from the townsite of Redwood Meadows.
The official celebration begins on the afternoon of Friday, July 24. Both the powwow grand entry and the rodeo start Friday at 1 p.m. and continue throughout the weekend.
During the traditional powwow, First Nations dancers and drummers from across North America will compete in dancing and drumming competitions. Everyone is welcome to come out and learn about Tsuu T’ina First Nations culture, history and traditions.
First Nations competitors from across Canada and the United States participate in the Tsuu T’ina rodeo as part of their annual summer tour.
It is the largest First Nations rodeo in Canada. Many of the rodeo athletes also compete in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association’s summer rodeo circuit.
The rodeo will have all the classic events such as bull riding, bareback, steer wrestling, calf roping, saddle bronc and barrel racing.
The powwow provides an opportunity to watch spectacular First Nation dancing, including the chicken dance, men’s traditional grass dance and the women’s jingle dance.
“It is quite spectacular,” said Powwow master of ceremony Hal Eagletail.
The Tsuu T’ina Golf Classic, is also held from Friday to Sunday at the nearby Redwood Meadows Golf and Country Club.
“It is the biggest Native golf tournament in Canada,” Eagletail said.
For more information about the Tsuu T’ina Pow Wow and Rodeo contact the Tsuu T’ina First Nation administration office at 403-281-4455 or visit their website at www.tsuutina.ca
For more information about the rodeo visit tsuutinarodeo.com
Caption: Experience First Nations culture at the annual Tsuu T’ina Pow Wow at the Redwood Meadows rodeo grounds on July 24-26.