We had just stepped out of the M. C. Escher exhibit and Buzz Elroy was entertaining the crowd down at the Olympic Plaza. It was the weekend for the 6th Annual Spaghetti Western Festival. Sitting under the awning, the three of us were just taking in the goings-on when I was certain I recognized a man, dressed in First Nations dance regalia. I spoke out loud to my friends, “I think that’s a former student of Holy Cross, Craig First Rider.”
Sure enough, once introduced by the MC, I heard his name.
I met Craig back in the days when I taught at Holy Cross School in Calgary. I saw him as a young boy, dancing the Fancy Dance for our school population and community. I was big on coordinating huge festivals in the day, given our huge multicultural population.
When I met him down at Calgary’s sixth annual Spaghetti Western Festival, I was in awe of the man he has become and impressed that he has now danced for over 35 years. This was a fantastic addition to Calgary’s Spaghetti Western Festival and we enjoyed three demonstrations after Maddison Krebs (excellent and very entertaining for a sixteen year old) and Buzz Elroy (dawning a great hat) and before Angela Harris.
I’m very proud of you, Craig and hope that we can speak again and I can be updated on your accomplishments over the years.