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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. 

Driftpile Reserve Pow Wow | Rob Ganzeveld

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump | Mike Seehagel

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Banff Indian Trading Post

Banff, Alberta

Located in World Famous Banff National Park, for over 100 years The Banff Indian Trading Post has been providing an outlet for First Nations crafts. Today they continue that tradition with a wide selection of Genuine Native Canadian Handicrafts, Sterling Silver Jewellery, Pottery, Moccasins, Mukluks, Hats, Blankets, T-Shirts, Leather Coats, Furs, Souvenirs and much more. From the local Stoney Nakoda to across Canada and North America, they have the best selection you will find.

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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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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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Holiday Packages

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Alberta Adventure

This self-drive adventure takes you to some of Alberta's most loved places such as turquoise Moraine Lake and beautiful Banff. Explore the hidden gem of Waterton National Park and visit the UNESCO heritage site of Head-Smash-In Buffalo Jump, then step back in time in Drumheller, known as Canada's Dinosaur Capital.

Offered By: 1st Class Holidays

Expires: 2018-09-29
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Calgary Stampede Extravaganza Holiday

The Calgary Stampede is known as ‘the greatest outdoor show on earth’. Combining this remarkable show and a trip to the majestic Canadian Rockies.

Offered By: Canadian Affair

Expires: 2018-07-15
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Tours

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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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Events

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Fall Service

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

The Fall Service of the McDougall Stoney Mission Society is an unbroken tradition since the early 1970's. It marks the end of the Summer Interpretive Season at the Morleyville Site and welcomes visitors to hear an update on the Site and some words of inspiration from several community leaders. Their mission statement is to preserve and maintain the historic McDougall Stoney Mission Church, landmarks for visitors worldwide! Join them to celebrate the exceptional pioneer heritage of Western Canada that is uniquely reflected in the story of the Morleyville Settlement. They encourage everyone to understand history – through interpretive walks and presentations, connect with the Stoney Nation - through fellowship, special events and cultural displays and explore regional culture - through art, dance, theater and craft! Learn about local ecology and nature – interpret the biology, geology and botany of the site and surrounding area, including local Indigenous knowledge of the region.

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Troyanda Ukrainian Dance presents VESNA!

Lethbridge, Alberta
2018-05-03 To 2018-05-03 MST

Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Club is excited to announce that their year-end show "Vesna" will be held at the ENMAX Centre on Thursday May 3rd and everyone is invited! A colourful and lively showcase of dances, costumes, and music from various regions of Ukraine will be presented for all of Lethbridge to enjoy. Troyanda is excited to share the stage with Indigenous dancers of Lethbridge who will add even more beauty and culture to the show! Troyanda dancers are excited to perform in such a large venue this year. Tickets can be purchased in person at the ENMAX ticket office, by phone 403-329-7328, or online. TROYANDA UKRAINIAN DANCE CLUB - Is a not-for-profit organization with members that volunteer their time to preserving and promoting the artful heritage of Ukrainian dance in Southern Alberta.

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