Indian Village-Faces, Feathers and Phones

Was given an assignment to capture some images from the Stampede’s Indian Village Thursday. The Indian Village has been an integral part of the Calgary Stampede since 1912.

A pow-wow, a native dance competition/exposition, was scheduled in the village in the afternoon.

I opted to hang out backstage to find images of the competition’s participants as they prepared to perform in their various categories. Previous experience said this would get me what we needed.

The competitors patiently waited their turn, some sitting, some smiling for photographers, some sending text messages.

There’s an obvious nobility displayed by the dancers, even when they’re not performing.

Thought the juxtaposition of the mobile phone used by a traditionally dressed native made for a quirky image.

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