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Indigenous Culture, Heritage & Arts

Want to really know this part of the world? Learn the past and present of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who've lived here thousands of years. Our Indigenous population is descended from the first people to settle the North American plains. • Sweet dreams: At Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, camp in a tipi village and wake up to sunlight streaming in through the tipi holes. • Heritage: Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was used by Blackfoot hunters for at least 5,700 years. 

Driftpile Reserve Pow Wow | Rob Ganzeveld

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump | Mike Seehagel

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Metis Crossing

Smoky Lake, Alberta
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This 512-acre site near Smoky Lake is home to a Metis Cultural Centre and historical village with costumed interpreters who share the story of life in this Metis community during the late 1800s.

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Heritage Park Historical Village

Calgary, Alberta
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Escape today to Heritage Park Historical Village. Over 180 exhibits on 127 acres of land, Canada’s largest living history museum offers an authentic experience from the 1860s to 1950s. You will see the vital story of the settlement of the west not only preserved, but presented alive and in great working condition. Ride a real steam train, make old-fashioned ice cream with the prairie townsfolk, explore our First Nations encampment, stroll the antique midway, savour fresh baked treats from the Alberta Bakery, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride and set sail on Calgary’s only paddlewheeler.

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Historic Dunvegan

Fairview, Alberta
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Alberta is steeped in history of Indigenous people, the fur trade and missionaries. Historic Dunvegan, a National Historic Site of Canada nestled in the stunning Peace River valley, brings that history to life. Four original, authentically-restored and furnished buildings are still located in the same places they were over 100 years ago, and historic interpreters are waiting to share the stories that helped shape the province we know today.

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Tours

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Mahikan Trails

Canmore, Alberta

An aboriginal Company specializing in hands on experiential opportunities, including bush craft, hide tanning, moccasin making workshops, interpretive guided medicine walks and hikes focusing on culture connection to the land, and tons more!

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Métis Crossing Nature Preserve

Smoky Lake, Alberta

Explore the boreal forest along the North Saskatchewan River. The Métis Crossing Nature preserve is dedicated to preserving local flora and fauna along the river. Follow the marked interpretive trails to gain an understanding of the indigenous relationship with the land. The site is located on original Métis Riverlots from 1863 and contains unique natural features that will deepen your understanding of the Métis and the origins of Canada.

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Events

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Pow Wow and Beading demonstration

Morley, Alberta
2018-09-22 To 2018-09-22 MST

Please join the McDougall Memorial United Church Site where they will watch traditional dances and learn about the history of the Dances, it’s an opportunity to buy Stoney Crafts, maybe watch a beading demonstration and enjoy an afternoon out on the beautiful prairies. Join them at this special event which marks Treaty Seven Day. Exciting for the whole family. Watch for updates on their website as this event evolves.

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