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So many people want to participate in the rodeo events that a preliminary round kicks off the action on Thursday at noon to accommodate the overflow crowd of cowboys.

Main Rodeo Events Friday and Saturday Top 10 Finals: Sunday

Events include:

Bull Riders: Perhaps the riskiest of all rodeo events, strength is critical, both in legs and upper body. The rider has only a rope to hang on to a ton of angry animal for eight seconds.

Bareback Bronc Riders: There is no saddle, just a snug rope around the horse's chest. A riders is disqualified if he touches the horse with his free hand. He must stay on the horse for eight seconds. Neck injuries are common usually caused when the cowboy's head tries to fly off his shoulders when he's snapped back on the beast.

Steer Wrestlers: In a few seconds the rider races his horse beside the steer, jumps off, grabbing the steer by its horns, he digs his heels into the dirt, twisting his hips and wrenching the steer to the ground.

Calf Roping: After rushing from the gate, the rider must intercept the calf, lasso it, throw it on its side, and tie three of its feet, all in the fastest time possible. The rider must anticipate the calf's moves, be quick and accurate with the lasso, and be able to tie a sturdy knot.

Saddlebronc Riders: This classic rodeo event, is a test of rhythm, balance and timing. Riders use their boot spurs on the horse's neck each time the horse bucks. A rider is disqualified for touching the horse with his free hand, losing a stirrup or getting bucked off before eight-seconds.

Barrel Racers: The women's event combines the speed of a horse race and the precision of slalom skiing as they charge around three barrels making sure not to tip them over. Timing is measured by an electric eye.

Pow Wow

The rodeo brings together first nations people from across North America. It is a time to celebrate their traditions and culture while enjoying a blowout party. Traditional dance competition begins Friday evening. Food and refreshments are available through the weekend.

Golf Tournament

The Redwood Meadows golf course, across from the rodeo grounds, is the scene of a weekend long tournament.

Casino

Slot machines ring in the Redwood Meadows clubhouse.

TSUU T'INA Annual Rodeo & Pow Wow

 

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Next Pow Wow & Rodeo - July 28 - 30, 2017

Where

5 km east of Bragg Creek on Hwy 22

When

Last weekend in July

Events

Fri. 7 PM, Sat. 1 PM & 7 PM, Sun. 7 PM
There is always something going on

Cost

Free

Parking

Free onsite

Food

Festival food available, no alcohol onsite

 

Gathering of the Nations - The 2012 Tsuu T'ina Pow Wow - Article and video

The 2010 Pow Wow - video

 

Leave your beer at home.
Imagine a dry Bragg Creek Days or Calgary Stampede. This was a great surprise to me, but they actually post guards at the entrance gate to search your vehicle for drugs and alcohol. Signs around the grounds confirm the "Zero Tolerance" for stimulants.

This was my first visit to the rodeo/pow wow. I didn't know what to expect apart from the cowboy events and a big party with first nations people from around the province, the country and even the continent, here to celebrate their communities and culture.

tipis

The grounds are filled with tipis, tents and mobile homes to accommodate the thousands of visitors. The air is thick with the smoke of fires set to prepare meals and take away the chill of the night. Concession stands are arranged throughout, offering candy floss, burgers and typical fast food/junk food. Jewelry and t-shirts are offered for sale. Kids roam the field, flicking frisbees, firing popguns, running and laughing. All this looks like any country fair anywhere. Then you enter another world, another time in the huge wooden canopy built like an open sided tipi. Stands of bleacher seats ring the central performance pad. The dancers cue at the entrance. Drummers pound a rhythmic mesmerizing beat and sing a shrill song, a tremulous sustained scream.

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Tentatively, a line of dancers enter in single file circling around the perimeter then spiraling in toward the centre as the endless line snakes onto the performance pad. Maybe 200 men, children and women, in turn fill the area with a swirl of blazing colour and movement. Bells attached to their outfits raise a shimmering tinkle. The outfits are extraordinary. Flamboyent feathers splayed over vibrant colours with accents of fur, beaded work, ribbons and flowing fringes of fabric and string. They glitter and glow. Their moccasin clad feet jump and pump to the rhythmic beat of the drums.

colour blur

Drummers from around the province take their turn to drive the action. Some seem to have rock star status drawing a crowd in a ring around the circle of drummers with a huge drum at the centre. Each of the 5 to 8 drummers has a single metal stick about half a metre long tipped with a rubber bulb. Hand-held recorders capture the music and song.

drummers

A master of ceremonies speaks through a microphone to be heard above the din, coordinating the action, providing colour commentary and announcing news and events of interest happening around the grounds. The air is electric with joy and celebration.

The celebrity of the evening is Brent Dodginghorse. He has just been signed to play for the Calgary Flames NHL hockey team. A member of the T'suu Tina nation, he is a hero to young and old. Brent welcomes a long line of well wishers and receives a prayer which we hope will spur him to greater things. A group of family members escort him around the ring and out to the autograph hounds waiting at the exit.

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There is a lot here I don't understand. The "hand game" is utterly baffling. The significance of traditional apparel and accessories carry obvious, but uncertain meaning. Even the origin and tradition of the event itself begs for clarification. As one of a very few "second nation" visitors to the event, I felt priviledged if a bit awkward as I looked but did not understand.

feather costume

 

Update 2004

 

This year I was able to record a few video clips that portray the dance and music better than any words or pictures can. I've compressed them into files that won't take long to transfer on a modem connection. I appologize for the poor quality. Please click the links below to view the movies.

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Dance One

Dance Two

Dance Three

Music

Dance One

Dance Two

Dance Three

Music

More information on the Tsuu T'ina

If you have some, I'd be pleased to know about it.

Please visit the Tsuut'ina web site:

www.tsuutina.ca

Digitage of Nakoda-Stoney-Sibbald Flat

Posted by Maureen Flynn-Burhoe

This is a tantalizing bit of knowledge. It has more to do with the Stoney-Nakota nation, bit it is related.

 

Here's a book:

True Spirit and Original Intent of Treaty 7

Treaty 7 Elders and Tribal Council, with Walter Hildebrandt, Sarah Carter, and Dorothy First Rider

The first account of the Treaty 7 agreement from a Native perspective.

The publisher