My name is Maya Many Grey Horses and I have recently been crowned the Calgary Stampede Indian Princess for 2015.
It was such an honor to have been chosen for this role and I am truly humbled. I have always looked up to the young ladies who previously held the title–what an inspiring group of women.
As the Calgary Stampede Indian Princess, I will be an ambassador for the Indian Village, treaty 7 and the Calgary Stampede. I hold my culture close to my heart and I am very excited to be able to share this with other people–educating other people about the rich culture of First Nations peoples is important.
In addition to representing my culture, I will be able to pay tribute to my grandfather, Alphonse Many Grey Horses, and my great grandfather, Long Time Squirrel, who were pioneers of the Calgary Stampede and contributed bucking horses to the rodeo stock. I am proud of this historical legacy and many other contributions made by Treaty Seven members to the Stampede.
I hope to share my experiences with young women in Treaty 7 and get them interested in this is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity.
The amount of support I have been getting from my home tribe, the Blood tribe, has been overwhelming. I am thankful for their support and encouragement. I will strive to serve the Calgary Stampede with excellency throughout my year and make my supporters proud. I’m very excited for the year ahead of me!