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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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Chiniki Cultural Centre Exhibits

Morley, Alberta
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The Chiniki Cultural Centre is where culture meets cuisine for experience. The heart of the Chiniki Cultural Centre are the exhibits, a unique presentation of Chiniki culture, history, and way of life. Guests can learn more through a self-guided tour of the exhibits and cultural displays, and view First Nation artifacts kindly shared by nation members. Elders and Guides will be glad to answer any questions and point out some of the more interesting elements in the exhibits. The Chiniki Nation is part of the Stoney Nakoda alliance and formed under the leadership of Chief John Chiniquay, one of the original signatories of Treaty 7. Located in the immediate foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains, the centre presents panoramic views while still enjoying proximity to the Trans Canada Highway in Morley. The centre is open year round and also includes a gallery shop featuring locally crafted Indigenous artwork and jewellery, along with a restaurant and Tipi Encampment.

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Heritage Park Historical Village

Calgary, Alberta
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Escape today to Heritage Park Historical Village. Over 180 exhibits on 127 acres of land, Canada’s largest living history museum offers an authentic experience from the 1860s to 1950s. You will see the vital story of the settlement of the west not only preserved, but presented alive and in great working condition. Ride a real steam train, make old-fashioned ice cream with the prairie townsfolk, explore our First Nations encampment, stroll the antique midway, savour fresh baked treats from the Alberta Bakery, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride and set sail on Calgary’s only paddlewheeler.

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Canadian Badlands, & Southern Alberta

Take a step back in time! Head-Smashed-In Historic Site and Museum commemorates the oldest buffalo jump on the Canadian prairie. In contrast you will also visit Drumheller and see the Badlands where dinosaurs used to roam.

Offered By: Canada Travel Specialists

Expires: 2018-09-30
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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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Mahikan Trails

Canmore, Alberta

An aboriginal Company specializing in hands on experiential opportunities, including bush craft, hide tanning, moccasin making workshops, interpretive guided medicine walks and hikes focusing on culture connection to the land, and tons more!

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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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Métis Crossing Nature Preserve

Smoky Lake, Alberta

Explore the boreal forest along the North Saskatchewan River. The Métis Crossing Nature preserve is dedicated to preserving local flora and fauna along the river. Follow the marked interpretive trails to gain an understanding of the indigenous relationship with the land. The site is located on original Métis Riverlots from 1863 and contains unique natural features that will deepen your understanding of the Métis and the origins of Canada.

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Events

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Calgary Stampede

Calgary, Alberta
2018-07-06 To 2018-07-15 MST

The Calgary Stampede is so large and so iconic it almost defies description. But in the world of all things cowboy, the 104-year-old event, held in and around Stampede Park, is the top of the mountain. So take your pick: bull riding, barrel racing and more in the world's richest, most competitive tournament-style rodeo; the world's premier chuckwagon derby, featuring 36 teams of horses and drivers; or one of Canada's largest music festivals, with five stages and 300 performers, including a slate of international country music headliners.

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Pow Wow and Beading demonstration

Morley, Alberta
2018-09-22 To 2018-09-22 MST

Please join the McDougall Memorial United Church Site where they will watch traditional dances and learn about the history of the Dances, it’s an opportunity to buy Stoney Crafts, maybe watch a beading demonstration and enjoy an afternoon out on the beautiful prairies. Join them at this special event which marks Treaty Seven Day. Exciting for the whole family. Watch for updates on their website as this event evolves.

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The Writing on the Wall: Works of Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert RCA Tour @ THE MAG

Red Deer, Alberta
2018-06-10 To 2018-06-10 MST | Show All Dates

The Writing on the Wall: Works of Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert RCA at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. CURATOR'S TALK, with Lindsay Sharman, from Nickle Galleries. FIRST FRIDAYS, a guided tour of the exhibit. Light refreshments will be provided. Free to attend; donations graciously accepted! 2 O’CLOCK TOUR July 15th: Join a MAG Staff member for a guided tour. The Writing on the Wall: Works of Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert RCA Exhibit runs to August 12, 2018. The Writing on the Wall: Works of Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert RCA is an examination of this artist’s work that will be installed in the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG). The exhibition reflects the cyclical nature of Joane Cardinal-Schubert’s (1942-2009) work, including pivotal pieces in painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, ceramic, and installation. The works are drawn from collections from across Canada including, the National Gallery of Canada, many private collections and the participation of the artist’s son and widow in recreating several of her installation pieces. August 12th for a guided tour. Last chance to see the exhibit!

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