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Head-Smashed-in Buffalo Jump, Alberta: A window on the life of plains Aboriginals

Author: Julie Pithers

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Did you know that any building developments involving a cliff in Southern Alberta have to include bringing an archeologist? That’s because of the sheer number of what are called buffalo jumps. These are places where the Plains Tribes would set up teepees and tools at the bottom of a cliff and painstakingly organize an elaborate hunt that would drive the giant beasts over a the edge of a cliff where more than 100 people would be at the ready to process the meat, bones and skins for the coming season.

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