On a beautiful September day in Calgary’s Heritage Park, we gathered beautiful shots of Calgary’s “Sharing Our Culture” Powwow for Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation. Our video production team was in awe of everything from the grand entrance, the crowd, to the performances by First Nations drummers and dancers from various tribes (Siksika, Blood, Piikani, Tsuu T’ina, Wesley, Chiniki and Bearspaw). The First Nations dancers were in full regalia—beautifully vibrant, intricate and mesmerizing.
The Powwow was a magical experience for us. Not only did we get to experience part of our country’s heritage first-hand, but we got a bit of an education as well!
Did you know that Treaty 7 was a peace treaty made between the tribes of the Blackfoot Confederacy and the British Crown in 1877? The treaty established delimited Reserves for the tribes as well as various benefits. In exchange, the tribes ceded their rights to their traditional territory. And today, all of Southern Alberta still falls under Treaty 7.