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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.
Indigenous dancers in Horsethief Canyon
Indigenous dancers in Horsethief Canyon

Attractions

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Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery

Red Deer, Alberta
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The Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery (MAG) showcases the remarkable stories of local people, and brings in stories of a far reach that relate to Red Deerians. Using exhibits, storytellers, artefacts, and activities as our tools, we immerse explorers of all ages in the stories of success and more!

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Janvier Gallery

Cold Lake, Alberta
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Born of Dene Suline and Saulteaux descent in 1935, Alex Janvier was raised in the nurturing care of his family until the age of eight. Although Janvier speaks of having a creative instinct from as far back as he can remember, it was at the residential school that he was given the tools to create his first paintings. In 2012 the new Janvier Gallery opened on Cold Lake First Nations 149B, which is located north of the City of Cold Lake.

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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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Travel Offers

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5-Day Canadian Badlands Tour

Hike pine forests in the middle of the prairie, meet prehistoric dinosaurs, explore the culturally diverse city of Medicine Hat and dine on creative local dishes on this five-day, four-night tour of the Canadian Badlands. Unearth Alberta's secret maverick past and bold modern spirit with local experts at Prairie Sprinter.

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History and Heritage Day Tour from Calgary

Join this Calgary day tour by heading south through the foothills to Bar U Ranch Historic Site, with the majestic Rocky Mountains as the backdrop. Next, UNESCO World Heritage Site Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, which tells the story of the hunting practice of the native people of the North American plains.

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Stay, Play and Shop Package

Stay, Play and Shop Package includes an overnight stay in a room of your choice, complimentary hot buffet breakfast, $75 CF Chinook Centre shopping gift card with shuttle transportation.

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Tours

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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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Mahikan Trails

Canmore, Alberta

An aboriginal Company specializing in hands on experiential opportunities.

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Adventure Borealis

Fort McMurray, Alberta

Adventure Borealis offers premier outdoor adventures in the heart of the oil sands. Our local Metis guides help ensure your memories of an outdoor experience in Fort McMurray will last a lifetime. Our years of outdoor experience and knowledge of the region will provide a safe and enjoyable experience.

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Events

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Calgary Stampede

Calgary, Alberta
2017-07-07 to 2017-07-16 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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Drumming & Dancing on the Plaza

Fort Macleod, Alberta
2017-07-05 to 2017-07-05 MST | Show All Dates

Wednesday Drumming & Dancing on the Plaza Every Wednesday in July and August. Two Performances Daily 11:00 am & 1:30 pm. Experience authentic First Nations culture in the open air. Our best native dancers perform to the beat of Blackfoot drumming and singing. Hear stories of how drumming and dancing connect us with ancient buffalo hunting culture. Sit with a Blackfoot Elder, interact with the performers, and take some photos!

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Canada Day at Olympic Plaza

Calgary, Alberta
2017-07-01 to 2017-07-01 MST

Make sure to plan a stop at Olympic Plaza on Canada Day. Enjoy an amazing array of music, dance and storytelling for all the family at Olympic Plaza on Canada Day. Kicking off with an arts ensemble and integrating swing dancing, opera, DJs, ballet and a 1500+ strong guitar riff of Four Strong Winds, this location has something for everyone. Pledge your allegiance to Canada at the CIBC Canadian Oath, break some moves to Beatbox or simply sit back and enjoy watching our Chinook Country line dancers strut their stuff.

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