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Indigenous Culture, Heritage & Arts

All around Alberta you’ll find tributes to the strength and stamina of Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit. Feel the past come to life as the stories of the hunt are told through drum and dance at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was actively used by the Plains Indians for at least 5,700 years. See North America’s largest concentration of petroglyphs (carvings) and pictographs (paintings) on the cliffs at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. Explore the interactive exhibits at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park. Sleep in a teepee, learn to make pemmican and bead a moccasin. Investigate early Métis life at Métis Crossing.

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Nampa and District Museum

Nampa, Alberta

Open September 1st to May 31st, Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and June 1st to August 31st, Monday and Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed on all Statutory Holidays. The main building is shaped like an old railway station and houses the museum, the village office, and a Farmers Restaurant. The museum features an Oil and Gas visual interactive display, an old school room, taxidermy collection, a historic boardwalk, an outside historic house, a gift shop, and fossil collection. Outside enjoy equipment and farm machinery, Native American and African Artifacts, and the 'Treaty Eight Display'.

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Strathcona County Museum & Archives

Sherwood Park, Alberta

Step into Sherwood Park's first fire hall and RCMP Station! Explore pioneer-themed exhibits enhanced with unique historical vignettes. Our village square, modeled after a rural community, is the heart of the museum. Exhibits which include a general store, pioneer kitchen, one-room school, parlour, church, barbershop, Aboriginal room, and blacksmith and woodworking shop line the perimeter of the Square. Featured special exhibits change regularly and include private collections from local residents.

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Fort Vermilion Heritage Center

Fort Vermilion, Alberta

During September and May the museum is open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm. From June to August it extends its hours opening Monday to Thursday 9am to 7pm, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm, and Sunday 10am to 6pm. Fort vermilion heritage center preserves and portrays the history of Alberta’s north, it includes a Museum and archives, history in motion van and two heritage houses. The visitor information center is a hand sewn and dovetailed log building c.1923. Learn about fossils, natural and First Nations heritage, the fur trade, missions, life along the Peace, Farming North of 58.

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Grey Eagle Resort Golf Package

Rates starting at $150 per person based on double occupancy. This package includes overnight accommodation at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, a round of golf at Redwood Meadows or Elbow Springs, free WiFi and hot buffet breakfast.

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Stay, Play and Shop Package

Stay, Play and Shop Package includes an overnight stay in a room of your choice, complimentary hot buffet breakfast, $75 CF Chinook Centre shopping gift card with shuttle transportation.

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History and Heritage Day Tour from Calgary

Join this Calgary day tour by heading south through the foothills to Bar U Ranch Historic Site, with the majestic Rocky Mountains as the backdrop. Next, UNESCO World Heritage Site Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, which tells the story of the hunting practice of the native people of the North American plains.

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Adventure Borealis

Fort McMurray, Alberta

Adventure Borealis offers premier outdoor adventures in the heart of the oil sands. Our local Metis guides help ensure your memories of an outdoor experience in Fort McMurray will last a lifetime. Our years of outdoor experience and knowledge of the region will provide a safe and enjoyable experience.

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Mahikan Trails

Canmore, Alberta

An aboriginal Company specializing in hands on experiential opportunities.

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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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Buffalo Harvest Days

Fort Macleod, Alberta
2017-09-29 To 2017-10-01 MST

The ancient buffalo harvest is a very important story told at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Celebrate Alberta Culture Days, Saturday, September 30: Join our Blackfoot guides on a guided tour through the building. Participate in our “Living off the Land” artifact demonstrations. Taste buffalo themed cuisine from our cafeteria. Watch First Nations artists demonstrate their skills and display their artworks. Sale discounts in our gift shop for all three days! Free Admission all three days. Shuttle bus service and cafeteria open.

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Peace River Pow Wow & Aboriginal Gathering

Peace River, Alberta
2018-06-02 To 2018-06-03 MST

We welcome everyone to come and participate in the 15th Annual Peace River Pow Wow on June 2 & 3, 2017. We have free camping, no open fires though and it is free to attend Pow Wow daily. We have Authentic Indigenous Crafts made on Turtle Island. Grande Entries are Saturday at 1 pm and 6 pm and Sunday at 1 pm. We will celebrate our Aboriginal Graduates on Sunday June 3 at 3 pm presenting them with Eagle Feathers, Certificate from MLA and Honor Dance. We have the best Indigenous Food Vendors in Alberta attending the Pow Wow from neckbones to bannock burgers we got the whole experience.

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Hike to the Drive Lanes

Fort Macleod, Alberta
2017-05-06 To 2017-05-06 MST | Show All Dates

May through October, first Saturday of each month, 1030 a.m. to 3 p.m. (four hour hike) Hike to the ancient drive lanes with our Blackfoot guides. Hear stories of how the plains people hunted the mighty buffalo. Be prepared for an off-trail hike and dress appropriately for inclement weather. Bring lunch and a water bottle. Space is limited so register in advance at education.bookings@gov.ab.ca. This program is not recommended for small children. Allow additional time to go through the Interpretive Centre. Regular admission plus $5.00 program fee per person. May 6 - Moon of the Flower/Crocus. June 3 - Moon of the Longest Day. July 1 - Moon of the Berry. August 5 - Moon of the Buffalo Rut. September 2 - Moon of the Leaves Falling. October 6 - Moon of the People Going to Winter Camp.

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