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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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Native Cultural Arts Museum

Grouard, Alberta

The Native Cultural Arts Museum, est. 1976, is a part of Northern Lakes College (NLC) and is located at NLC’s Grouard Campus, in northern Alberta. The Museum’s artifact collection celebrates various aspects of Aboriginal cultures, with a special focus on Métis peoples and the Woodland Cree of northern Alberta. The Museum’s historical and contemporary collections serve to educate the public by depicting Aboriginal lifestyles through exhibits of art, music, hunting, regalia, clothing, and more.

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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site

Fort Macleod, Alberta
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Head–Smashed–In Buffalo Jump is one of the world’s oldest and best preserved buffalo jumps. Known for its remarkable testimony of prehistoric life, the site bears witness to a custom practised by indigenous people of the North American plains for nearly 6,000 years. With its elaborate drive lane complex and deep archaeological deposits still intact, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump was designated a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1981.

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Grande Prairie Museum

Grande Prairie, Alberta
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The Grande Prairie Museum & Heritage Village, are set in the picturesque Muskoseepi Park in Grande Prairie, depicting the history of the region. The Museum is open year-round, its main focus has been the early pioneers, from the early 1900s, who homesteaded Grande Prairie. Since its initial opening, the Museum has now grown to a collection of over 55,000 artifacts under five main themes: Paleontology, Archaeology, Natural History, Human History and Curios and Collections.

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Creative Western Adventures Ltd.

Calgary, Alberta

Creative Western Adventures is a niche inbound tour operator specializing in nature & culture (aboriginal) travel. Our journeys connect the visitors to the land and the people. They are restorative, sustainable, responsible, educational and experiential. 'Together we immerse in nature, feel, sense, see with other eyes - we listen to our heart and venture into the unknown' Deep experiences lead to a new awareness of our relationship with Self, Earth and Society; they help us remember the Laws of Nature and how to live in harmony with all our relations. They are the true long lasting adventures!

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