, 2022-07-15 02:00:00,
A father and son were among the winning dancers at the Calgary Stampede Powwow first held inside the Saddledome.
Sheldon Scalplock Jr. won the junior men’s chicken category, while his father Sheldon Scalplock Sr. won the senior junior men’s chicken category.
“Words cannot explain how I feel sharing the spotlight with my dad,” said Scalplock Jr.
“It is a dream come true.”
Both are from the Siksika Nation, east of Calgary, but Scalplock Jr. now lives in Red Mesa, Arizona.
Scalplock Sr. has been dancing since 1969, and said it was a proud moment competing in the powwow, which he felt he was back on “center stage” at this year’s Calgary Stampede.
“I’m 60 years old and I’m proud to say that I can still dance like 18-year-olds,” said Scalplock Sr. “I want to congratulate my son, I’m so proud of him.”
The chicken dance originates from the Blackfoot people and imitates the movements of a prairie chicken.
It’s a dance and a tradition that Scalplock Sr. said has been passed down through the generations in the family.
“I’ve been able to carry on the legacy of my father, my brother Alex Scalplock Jr… my late brother Aaron Scalplock Medicine Shield, he’s not here but I always dance for him,” said Scalplock Sr. “My…
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