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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. 

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump | Mike Seehagel

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump | Mike Seehagel

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Frog Lake Historic Site

Frog Lake, Alberta

The Frog Lake Historic Site is situated amid the gently rolling hills of east-central Alberta. It is a quiet, contemplative place now, but more than a century ago it was the scene of one of the most violent and tragic episodes in Alberta’s history. The Frog Lake Historic Site has been designated both a Provincial Historic Resource and a National Historic Site. It features a commemorative cairn, a small cemetery containing the remains of some of those killed at the site and an interpretive trail with panels exploring the historic context of the uprising at Frog Lake.

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Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre

Slave Lake, Alberta

The Slave Lake Friendship Centre offers Handicrafts for sale, featuring local artisans and handmade First Nations gifts. Moccasins, beadwork, dream-catchers. Heritage Room features artifacts and teachings about cultural practices. Food Bank, second hand clothing/shoes at the Friendly Boutique, and many programs and events. Regular soup and bannock, Aboriginal Days celebrations.

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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 practiced 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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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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