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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 are decendants 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. 
Northern Alberta Indigenous

Driftpile Reserve Pow Wow | Rob Ganzeveld

Indigenous Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump | Mike Seehagel

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BANFF CENTRE FOR ARTS AND CREATIVITY

Banff, Alberta
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As Canada’s home for arts training and creation, Banff Centre presents over 400 public performances, events, and exhibitions annually. Take advantage of your night in Banff to attend an exciting outdoor show, a classical music recital, a dance performance, a visual arts exhibition, a film screening, or to mingle with the best artists from Canada and around the world during our free artist talks and open studio events!

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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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Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre

Peace River, Alberta

The Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre tells the story of Peace River through its galleries and archives. From the geological creation of the area, the rich Aboriginal heritage, the fur trade, and the evolution of the settlement into the Town of Peace River. The Main Gallery exhibit changes every eight months to depict, engaging historic themes. Curriculum-based school programming is offered at the Centre and through interpretive walking tours. In addition to an art wall feature, changing monthly, there is also a gift shop and book store onsite.

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Build your own Drum

Used traditionally in ceremonial dances, drum in Chiniki culture represent the heartbeat of a soul. Build your own hand drum in this unique hands-on experience, led by a Chiniki Nation artisan in a small group lesson. All materials will be provided including a baseboard, hides, and drum sticks.

Expires: 2018-09-30
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Experience Alberta's History - Annual Pass

Alberta's heritage facilities are unique and interesting places to visit where you can learn, have fun and connect with heritage. Purchase an Experience Alberta's History Pass and receive unlimited admission to a network of Provincial Historic Sites and museums in Alberta for one full year. Discounted family passes also available.

Expires: 2018-12-31
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Heritage Park Historical Village Summer Admission

Discover how the west was once at Heritage Park Historical Village. Travel back through time in this immersive, living history museum. Discover First Nations' culture, relive the wild west, explore an authentic 1910 railway town and wander through a car museum set in the 1930s! Open daily all summer.

Expires: 2018-10-08
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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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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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Chiniki Cultural Experiences

Morley, Alberta
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Allow your First Nation's experience to come alive. Sit and talk with an Elder, hear their perspectives and learn from their wise counsel. Witness the talent and beauty of native dancing, drumming and singing in a traditional setting. Performance exhibitions happen regularly at the Centre by the artistic talent and craftsmanship of First Nation artisans. Watch the artists work, talk to them as they create, and learn how they have embraced the creativity of their ancestors. Explore the beauty of the land with guided nature walks. The residents share the land with deer, moose, bears and an assortment of wildlife. They live in peace with them all and would welcome showing you how the earth has sustained us with her bounty and her beauty. Each admission includes access to the Cultural Centre exhibit package as part of your experience. The weather and seasons can impact availability, but is open year-round.

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Events

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Whoop-Up Days

Lethbridge, Alberta
2018-08-21 To 2018-08-25 MST

Whoop-Up Days is an annual festival with midway, music, tradeshow and rodeo held in Lethbridge, Alberta, for five days in the last full week of August.

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Cochrane Fair

Cochrane, Alberta
2018-08-17 To 2018-08-19 MST

Visit the Cochrane Ag Society Grounds for a fantastic, fun-filled family weekend at a real old-time country style fair. The 5th Annual Cochrane Fair will feature loads of activities ranging from mid-way rides to bull-riding, children's entertainers to circus style performers, and the list goes on. There will also be free pony rides, wagon rides, petting zoos, animal exhibits and hands on experiences. This event has something for the entire family. Be sure to mark this on your calendar as a must for your family's summer fun. A great market place with approximately 60 vendors will open all three days as well with a fantastic selection of crafts, products and businesses.

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Buffalo Harvest Days

Fort Macleod, Alberta
2018-09-28 To 2018-09-30 MST

The ancient buffalo harvest is a very important story told at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Join Blackfoot guides on a guided tour through the interpretive centre. Watch Indigenous artists demonstrate their skills and display their artworks. Free Admission all three days. Shuttle bus service and cafeteria open.

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