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First Nations Stampede Guide – The Calgary Atlas Project


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First Nations Stampede: A guide to First Nations History at the Calgary Stampede. Artist: Adrian Stimson.
The Calgary Atlas Project is an Art Project by The Calgary Institute for the Humanities.

Calgary is the Stampede City. Since 1918, the annual celebration has brought together cowboys, fairgoers and First Nations to mark the high point of the summer.

The map describes in detail the First Nations participation in the Stampede and the ways that participation changed the nature of the event. It highlights stories from the Calgary Stampede that are not often heard—stories that focus on the sometimes-controversial histories of the Stampede that are an important part of its legacy.

The artist, Adrian Stimson, a member of the Siksika nation, has mapped the events using Indigenous ways of knowing, using pictographs in spiral and linear arrangements painted on a buffalo robe. The map serves as much to inform and remember as it does to decolonize and reclaim.

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Weight .5 kg
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 1 cm