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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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Our Native Land

Jasper, Alberta
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Our Native Land is a gallery located in the heart of Jasper, Alberta, Canada. Being in the heart of Jasper National Park has provided the gallery with an opportunity to grow from its humble beginnings in 1996. During the summer, visitors to Jasper can find us across the street from the National Park information centre. Known for it's large green awning and the large Mammoth Tusk in the window, Our Native Land is one of the destination spots during a visit to Jasper.

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Ammonite Factory

Canmore, Alberta
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A symphony of colour! The Ammonite Factory is a gallery, showroom and factory which features Ammolite, one of the worlds rarest gems that is only found in Alberta. Free tours Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon. Showroom hours Sunday noon to 5 p.m., and Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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High Prairie and District Museum and Visitor Information Center

High Prairie, Alberta

September to April we are open Wednesday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and in May to August Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The High Prairie and District Museum is located in the town of High Prairie as the Gateway to the Peace. The Museum's exhibits tell the history of the Town and Big Lakes County; from precontact, with exhibits of locally collected stone tools and fossils, to current community themes. The Museum is an accredited Alberta Visitor Information Centre. We carry an immense selection of travel brochures, guides and Peace Area Museum information.

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Performance and Music Exhibitions

Your front row seat awaits you in this performance, where Chiniki dancers perform in traditional outfits to the beat of drumming and singing in a dancing circle. A brief explanation of each performance's significance will be told by each performer. A minimum of 10 people is required for this experience.

Expires: 2018-09-30
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Stay a Night & See a Sight - Pincher Creek

To make your next weekend one for the history books, why not take your family to visit some local sights? This package includes overnight accommodation in Pincher Creek and family admission to your choice of Frank Slide, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Waterton Lakes National Park or Remington Carriage Museum. Restrictions apply.

Expires: 2018-09-30
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Tours

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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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Chiniki Cultural Experiences

Morley, Alberta
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Allow your First Nation's experience to come alive. Sit and talk with an Elder, hear their perspectives and learn from their wise counsel. Witness the talent and beauty of native dancing, drumming and singing in a traditional setting. Performance exhibitions happen regularly at the Centre by the artistic talent and craftsmanship of First Nation artisans. Watch the artists work, talk to them as they create, and learn how they have embraced the creativity of their ancestors. Explore the beauty of the land with guided nature walks. The residents share the land with deer, moose, bears and an assortment of wildlife. They live in peace with them all and would welcome showing you how the earth has sustained us with her bounty and her beauty. Each admission includes access to the Cultural Centre exhibit package as part of your experience. The weather and seasons can impact availability, but is open year-round.

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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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Whoop-Up Days

Lethbridge, Alberta
2018-08-21 to 2018-08-25 MST

Whoop-Up Days is an annual festival with midway, music, tradeshow and rodeo held in Lethbridge, Alberta, for five days in the last full week of August.

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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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Buffalo Harvest Days

Fort Macleod, Alberta
2018-09-28 to 2018-09-30 MST

The ancient buffalo harvest is a very important story told at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Join Blackfoot guides on a guided tour through the interpretive centre. Watch Indigenous artists demonstrate their skills and display their artworks. Free Admission all three days. Shuttle bus service and cafeteria open.

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