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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.
Tipi at Writing-on-Stone Visitor Centre
Tipi at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park Visitor Centre

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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 UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981.

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Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Banff, Alberta
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The Whyte Museum inspires discovery and wonder when people and the Rocky Mountains meet. We share stories and explore the culture shaped by this mountain landscape. Our founders, Peter and Catharine Whyte, were local artists and philanthropists who wished to offer a place where people could gather and appreciate the culture and beauty of the area. We welcome visitors to our mountain home, sharing with them our sense of awe and belonging, through our exhibitions, events, heritage homes, archives, library and museum shop.

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Canada House Gallery

Banff, Alberta
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Showcasing the work of a diverse collection of nationally and internationally recognized Canadian artists, this Banff gallery has paintings, sculptures and a vast collection of Inuit art from Canada's arctic.

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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: 2017-09-16
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