BLACKFOOT INTERNATIONAL RODEO
The time is right to introduce a new format of rodeo for Indian Cowboys, and to earn the kind of money the non-Indian Cowboys earn at the Calgary Stampede. The time is right to introduce a new format for an Indian Powwow to showcase the highly competitive dancing of First Nation people in North America, and deserve to earn prize money in the high brackets.
There are years of rodeo and powwow experience in the Indian Country to stage THE BLACKFOOT INTERNATIONAL RODEO & POWWOW 2013. This historical event would act as a catalyst to create a new community format, Communities for the Future that will lead to the establishment of Cities of the Future.
Blackfoot Rodeo Company’s basic purpose will be to preserve and promote First Nation heritage, history, culture and values.
The Calgary Stampede started out in 1912 with Guy Weadick producing the first “Frontier Days and Cowboy Championship Contest” soon to be known as the Calgary Stampede. The Big Four – Pat Burns, George Lane, A.E Cross and A.J. Maclean – provided financial backing. In 1919 Guy Weadick returned to Calgary to produce the second Stampede, called the Victory Stampede in honor of the end of World War I. The original Agriculture Building with the Victoria Pavilion was completed.
In 1923 The “Calgary Stampede” merged with the “Calgary Industrial Exhibition” to form the “Calgary Exhibition & Stampede.” Guy Weadick moved to Calgary to produce an annual Stampede at the same time as the Exhibition. He invented chuckwagon racing, downtown attractions and the other community activities that brand the Stampede today. The Stampede operated under this title until the 90s when it started to change the rodeo format. In the 2000s, they focused on Champions only to showcase the top cowboys/cowgirls in each event in the world.
In the Indian Country, they eventually started their own Rodeo Circuits and had their own National Indian Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas each year. NIRF has its headquarters on the Blackfeet Indian Reserves, Browning, Montana.
This historical event should happen two years after the 100th Anniversary of the 2012 Calgary Stampede. The staging of the Wolf Legacy Rodeo, a Professional Rodeo (of Indian cowboys/cowgirls) and the 1st Annual Ajay Life Celebration Powwow 2014, with Champions of both events battling for price money on the same level as the Calgary Stampede, will provide the First Nations with a significant revenue stream, and advance the culture to forefront prominence.
The Calgary Stampede only invites current Rodeo Champions from the Canadian Finals Rodeo and the National Rodeo Finals (US/Canadian Cowboys) for the World Championships. The Indian Rodeo Circuits in Canada and USA are not invited.
Agokan will start meetings with all the Indian Rodeo Circuits and get advise/commitment to start planning the 2014 Rodeo. This means negotiations for stock contracts, rodeo officials, and the drawing up of this events rodeo rules, supported by all Indian Rodeo Circuits. Then there’s the work to set up a temporary Rodeo Arena.
The Indian Rodeo Circuit officials from Canada and USA will be in charge of coordinating the Rodeo. Agokan will manage the Rodeo through a WOLF LEGacy Rodeo Committee.
The 1st Annual Ajay Life Celebration Powwow 2014
The Powwow will invite all care workers and War Veterans from all over North America, to showcase their work in a trade show fashion, and to be honored by the Powwow Sponsors (WOLF Legacy, Humanus and DragonsHeart). Agokan will also showcase its work.
The Powwow will invite and expect approximately about a 1,000 dancers plus and about 40 drummers. The current dancing arbor could only accommodate 500 dancers and 30 drummers.
The Powwow Dancing Competitions will include:
- Chicken Dancing
- Grass Dancing
- Traditional Dancing
- Fancy Dancing
- Jingle Dancing
- Hoop Dancing
- And special dancing from various groups.
Blackfoot A1 Club will be hired to coordinate the Powwow, and we will manage the Powwow through a AGOKAN Powwow Committee.
The Powwow will cost about $400,000 in prize money, and about $600,000 for other related costs, specifically a temporary Powwow Arbor.
Agokan will also spend approximately $500,000 for security, ground staff, lights, sound systems, bathrooms, washrooms, hospitality room, and other costs.