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. 

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Jasper Yellowhead Museum & Archives

Jasper, Alberta

Located in the scenic Rocky Mountain town of Jasper, Alberta, the Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives is dedicated to collect, preserve – and make available for research and exhibition – documents and artifacts that illustrate the human history of Jasper National Park and the Yellowhead Corridor.

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St Paul Museum

St. Paul, Alberta

Two Museums in One! Musée Historique de St. Paul Historical Museum: Showcasing the rich history of St. Paul. This area was important to First Nations groups and fur traders. The important Winnipeg Trail from Fort Winnipeg to Fort Edmonton passed through here; Father Lacombe established a Metis settlement on the shore of the local lake in 1896. Peoples’ Museum Society of/de St. Paul & District: uses a variety of displays to illustrate how farming has changed since the first homesteaders settled here. Farm machinery on display includes tractors, plows, and implements for cultivating, seeding, harvesting and processing farm products.

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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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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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Mahikan Trails

Canmore, Alberta

It’s an eye-opening experience when you take a walk in a mountain meadow or through the forest with Brenda Holder. She can point to and identify any plant, tree or bush and tell you how it can be used to make something crucial to survival – a fire cider for a flu or cold, a food source or a fire starter. Holder, operator and owner of Mahikan Trails, is following in the footsteps of her family lineage as a Cree guide of the Kwarakwante people of Jasper, Alberta where she grew up. Passing along her knowledge is part of her passion for supporting indigenous tourism for which she has won many distinctions. Holder offers several workshops, including her medicine walks, designed to educate people about how her ancestors survived off the land for millennia. Over two days in the hands-on workshop guests learn how to identify a variety of plants and learn how to make simple medicines.

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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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Winter Warm Up 2019

Wetaskiwin, Alberta
2019-11-22 To 2019-11-22 MST | Show All Dates

Winter Warm Up is a family-oriented festival. It has plenty of indoor and outdoor free activities for kids of all ages. On Friday, Nov 22nd visit 9th annual Firefighter's Santa Claus Parade, followed by City Hall light up. On Saturday, Nov 23rd come over to Drill Hall for more fun. This years Winter Warm-Up includes an Indigenous component - tepee and traditional storytelling, in addition to a Filipino community presentation. Also, you can do some axe and knife throwing, try yourself in archery and check out Manluk Centre's Christmas Tree Festival. Visit the petting Zoo with your kids and do some pony rides. Visit the craft sale in Memorial Arts Centre followed by a Country Music Festival. Sunday, Nov 24th - free family skate and hot chocolate at Center Twin arenas.

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Isuma: One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk

Edmonton, Alberta
2019-09-07 To 2019-11-24 MST

The Canada Pavilion of the 58th Venice Biennale will feature the work of the Inuit film collective ISUMA led by Zacharias Kunuk. The installation features Isuma’s newest film, One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk, which recreates an encounter on Baffin Island in 1961 when Inuit life on the land changed forever. The AGA is proud to present this major new work concurrent with its presentation at the Venice Biennale and at the inaugural Toronto Biennial. The exhibition will also include previous documentary works as well as Silakut, a series of live webcasts from the Arctic, that will take viewers to the edge of the spring ice melt in the Foxe Basin, into the lives of Inuit elders, and to Pond Inlet for government hearings about the Mary River mine development on Baffin Island.

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Banff Gallery Hop - Feeling Festive!

Banff, Alberta
2019-12-07 To 2019-12-07 MST

The month of December can be a busy time with holiday, family and work commitments. Let us help you turn the speed dial down a notch or two, and turn up the Festive Feeling. The venues of Banff Gallery Hop are prepared to offer holiday infused artistic and spirited escapes - from crafting opportunities, stories from days gone by, warm beverages, Christmas music on a vintage piano, artists galore … and a local favorite, an afternoon of Whyte Christmas at the Whyte Museum. Venues include: Buffalo Nations Museum; Canada House Gallery; Carter-Ryan Gallery; Harmon's Gallery; Historic Luxton Home; Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont; Symiotics Salon & Gallery; Walter Phillips Gallery at Banff Centre; Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies; Willock & Sax Gallery.

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