The annual Tsuu T’ina Pow Wow and Rodeo will be held from July 24-27 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 25. Both the pow wow grand entry and the rodeo start Friday at 1 p.m. and continue throughout the weekend.
During the traditional pow wow, First Nations dancers and drummers from across North America compete in dancing and drumming competitions. Everyone is welcome to come out and learn about Tsuu T’ina First Nations culture, history and traditions.
The junior rodeo starts Wednesday morning with a preliminary round. Friday’s main events kick off at 1 p.m. and continue Saturday, with the top 10 contestants competing in the finals on Sunday starting at 2 p.m.
First Nations competitors from across Canada and the United States participate in the Tsuu T’ina rodeo as part of their annual summer tour.
Rodeo organizer Brent Dodginghorse said the Tsuu T’ina rodeo attracts some of the top competitors in North America and many participants also compete in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association’s summer rodeo circuit.
“This is a hidden gem of a rodeo,” said Dodginghorse. “We hand select the stock because we want to attract the best cowboys from both sides of the border.”
The rodeo will have all the classic events such as bull riding, bareback, steer wrestling, calf roping, saddle bronc and barrel racing.
The Tsuu T’ina Golf Classic, is also held from Friday to Sunday at the nearby Redwood Meadows Golf and Country Club. 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