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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The Lost American Art Gallery & Museum

Longview, Alberta
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Specializing in vintage turquoise jewelry Navajo rugs pottery and baskets. We also carry landscape and wildlife paintings bronzes books and cards by local artists. The museum features turn of the century saddles bridles and chaps. Also jewelry pottery and baskets from many Native American Tribes.

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Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre

Fort Vermilion, Alberta

During September and May the museum is open Monday to Friday 11am 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 trailor and two heritage houses, Clarke House and Bourassa/St. Germain. The visitor information center is a hand sewn and dovetailed log building circa 1923. Learn about fossils, natural and First Nations heritage, the fur trade, missions, life along the Peace, and Farming North of 58 degrees.

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Jasper Tour Company

Jasper, Alberta
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For thousands of years, indigenous people have traversed through these mountains, creating routes used to trade between the different communities living on either side of the divide. The advent of the Fur Trade, saw them continue to do so, with many of them acting as guides to the European traders. Now, more than 200 years after the first Europeans were shown the way through the Rockies, the Jasper Tour Company continues to do the same. Following in the footsteps of those who came before, the Jasper Tour Company will take you out in search of experiences generally only found on the periphery of our daily lives. The Jasper Tour Company will treat you to a memorable pioneering experience that will help you build more of your own excellent history. The mountains provide the setting. They provide the guide. Without you, there can be no adventure.

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Horseback Adventures Ltd.

Brûlé, Alberta

In 1979 Horseback Adventures Ltd., a family run business, was born. We provide backcountry pack trips and trail rides into Jasper and Willmore Parks to clients from around the world.

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Painted Warriors Indigenous Outdoor Experience

Sundre, Alberta

Experience the traditional and modern day lifestyle of the Cree and Saulteaux people, skills such as animal tracking and snowshoeing, horse riding, archery and many others. Painted Warriors is an indigenous outdoor adventure company located one hour northwest of Calgary. The facility is on an 82 acre ranch on pristine forest land in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. There are 1 day to multiple day tours with accommodation available. Spend the night in authentic Metis style trappers tents, and wake up to the extraordinary view of the Rocky Mountains.

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Samson Cree Nation Powwow

Maskwacis, Alberta
2019-08-09 To 2019-08-11 MST

Samson Cree Nation is one of the Four Nations that make up Maskwacis. The Annual Samson Cree Nation Celebration Powwow is held at Bear Park in Mackwacis, Alberta. The weekend will be filled competition dancers from all over Alberta and drum groups, specials being hosted by community members and other events that Samson Cree Nation will offer is the parada and hand games. Everyone is welcomed to join the celebration!

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Cardston Kainai Powwow

Cardston, Alberta
2019-08-07 To 2019-08-07 MST

The town of Cardston and Kainai Nation are continuously working together to have the Annual Cardston Kainai Competition Powwow. The powwow will be located in Cardston, Alberta at the Lions Park. Come enjoy the powwow, there will be dancing and drumming, vendors and numerous events going on all day. Everyone is Welcome!

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Kainai Indian Days Powwow & Celebration

Stand Off, Alberta
2019-07-19 To 2019-07-21 MST

Kaiani Indian Days Powwow is located at Red Crow Park in Standoff Alberta. 30 mins north of Cardston. The powwow offers champion dancers and drum groups, rides, hand games, rodeo, and Canadian Indian Relay Races. The Blood or Kainai Nation is part of the Blackfoot Confederacy and is Canada's largest First Nations reserve with a membership of over 12000. located one hour from the US boarder and two hours south of Calgary Alberta. Red Crow Park features one of the larger open air arbors on the pow wow trail. Everyone's Welcome.

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