Wednesday, July 14, 2010

2011 Stampede Poster Unveiled Today..

The 2011 Calgary Stampede poster, painted by renowned western artist Vilem Zach, was unveiled this morning by Michael Casey, first vice-chairman of the Calgary Stampede Board. 

The poster is entilted "Together We Dance" and features last year's Indian Princess Nikkole Heavy Shields in a swirling rainbow of colour.  Nikkole is from the Blood/Kainai Tribe in Southern Alberta.

“I wanted an image that celebrated the long-standing relationship between the Treaty 7 First Nations and the Calgary Stampede,” says Casey. “I saw Nikkole Heavy Shields dancing at the 2010 Indian Princess pageant and immediately knew what I wanted my first poster to capture the beauty, the elegance, the tradition, the life and the spirituality of her dance.”

The very first Calgary Stampede in 1912 included over 2,000 native people of the Treaty 7 First Nations who received special permission to gather off their reserves. The Indian Village gathering has continued ever since and has remained an important opportunity for the Treaty 7 First Nations to reinforce, celebrate and share their cultures. The stunning image of an aboriginal dancer is meant to evoke the meaningful relationship between the Calgary Stampede and the Treaty 7 First Nations.

The poster is now available and will be shipped all over the world to promote next year's Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.  Congrats Nikkole!