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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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Kleskun Hills

Grande Prairie, Alberta

From June 1st to September 1st, the museum is open weekends only from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can tour open area displays of farm machinery and memorabilia, as well, the museum is home to nine restored, original buildings from the area. These include East Kleskun School and Teacherage (complete with original brass school bell) as well as two homestead houses, a store, barn, blacksmith shop, church and information cabin. A walk through the park will take you to a burial ground, evidence of one of the last territorial disputes between the Beaver and Cree Tribes.

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Fort Edmonton Park

Edmonton, Alberta
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Go back in time more than 150 years and walk through the days of the fur trade and the pioneer years of 1885, 1905 and 1920. At Fort Edmonton Park costumed interpreters bring the past to life, answer your questions and invite you to experience the best of the period. Take a ride on a steam train, play pioneer games, bake bread the old-fashioned way, shop ’til you drop, or hit the Midway for rides, games and more fun.

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Moonstone Creation Native Gallery & Giftshop

Calgary, Alberta

Moonstone Creation is an Indigenous owned, family run business in Calgary, Alberta. Yvonne Jobin & her daughter, Amy Willier, are Cree First Nations artists that co-own Moonstone Creation. Although they make the majority of the products they sell right in store, they represent over 50 Aboriginal artists from across Canada. with a wide variety of art, from beaded jewelry to bronze sculptures, they ensure everything is Native made, not Native-Inspired. For a true, Made in Canada experience, come to Moonstone Creation.

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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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Build your own Drum

Used traditionally in ceremonial dances, drum in Chiniki culture represent the heartbeat of a soul. Build your own hand drum in this unique hands-on experience, led by a Chiniki Nation artisan in a small group lesson. All materials will be provided including a baseboard, hides, and drum sticks.

Expires: 2018-09-30
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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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Mahikan Trails

Canmore, Alberta

An aboriginal Company specializing in hands on experiential opportunities.

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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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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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Canada Day at Heritage Park

Calgary, Alberta
2018-07-01 to 2018-07-01 MST

Celebrate Canada Day in Calgary the old fashioned way with your friends and family at Heritage Park! The day kicks off with a complimentary pancake breakfast for the first 2018 people and features an old-fashioned parade down main street, mini chuckwagon races, and live entertainment throughout the park. Welcome new Canadians at a citizenship ceremony and wear your red and white in celebration of Canada's rich cultural diversity and heritage this Canada Day.

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Canada Day at the Lac La Biche Mission Historical Site

Lac La Biche Mission, Alberta
2018-07-01 to 2018-07-01 MST

Come and celebrate Canada Day at the Lac La Biche Mission Historical Site on July 1. Enjoy a free pancake breakfast, live music, cultural dancers, face painting, glitter tattoos, caricature artist, balloon artist, various children's activities, craft and art vendors, historic tours, steak supper, and much more! Free admission and entertainment.

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