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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. 

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump | Mike Seehagel

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump | Mike Seehagel

Attractions

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Northern Rockies Museum of Culture and Heritage

Hinton, Alberta
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The Northern Rockies Museum of Culture and Heritage is Hinton's newest attraction. Housed in Hinton's original 1911 Grand Trunk Pacific Railway station, the museum features railway and communication history, the Hinton area before the townsite developed and after as well as industry and natural history. Immerse yourself in Hinton's history more with portable tablet displays and tactile exhibits.

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Native Cultural Arts Museum

Grouard, Alberta

The Native Cultural Arts Museum, est. 1976, is a part of Northern Lakes College (NLC) and is located at NLC’s Grouard Campus, in northern Alberta. The Museum’s artifact collection celebrates various aspects of Aboriginal cultures, with a special focus on Métis peoples and the Woodland Cree of northern Alberta. The Museum’s historical and contemporary collections serve to educate the public by depicting Aboriginal lifestyles through exhibits of art, music, hunting, regalia, clothing, and more.

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Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

Banff, Alberta
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The Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum is dedicated to the appreciation, interpretation, demonstration and display of the cultures, traditions, and values of the First Nations of North America and their trading partners. The museum seeks to show how the people of this land lived and adapted to their surroundings and each other prior to contact with European culture, and how they continued to adapt after European influences. The Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum provides a link between the past and the present...demonstrating that aboriginal arts and culture is alive and flourishing today!

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Travel Offers

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Learn with our Elders

Participate in a traditional circle inside the Tipi Encampment as a Chiniki Elder shares insights on topics such as the way of life, Treaty 7, legends, and roles in society. Some sessions include the opportunity to touch and experience First Nation artifacts up close such as furs, hides, and regalia.

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Night Canyon Tours

Grotto Canyon ice walk - night tours. Take a walk into the past with Mahikan Trails as you are guided through the human history of Grotto Canyon. As an Aboriginal company, Mahikan Trails offers a cultural perspective on the pictographs and some of the teachings behind them.

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Winter Medicine Walk

Let a Métis guide teach you about winter in the Rockies. Look for animal tracks in the snow, learn about medicinal plants, hear legends and learn to love winter in a whole new way. From $50 per adult and $25 per child.

Expires: 2018-02-28
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Tours

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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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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 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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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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International Peace Pow-Wow and Festival

Lethbridge, Alberta
2018-02-24 to 2018-02-25 MST

The Blackfoot Canadian Cultural Society presents the 2018 International Peace Pow-Wow & Festival at the ENMAX Centre in Lethbridge on Feb. 24 and 25. Two full days of Pow-Wow dance and music competitions, Miss Blackfoot Canada specials, arts, crafts and so much more at the ENMAX Centre, open at 10 a.m. daily. It's Pow-Wow Time!

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Maple Festival Des Sucres

Calgary, Alberta
2018-03-03 to 2018-03-04 MST

Celebrate French Canadian, Metis and First Nations' culture at the 16th annual Calgary Maple Festival Des Sucres at Heritage Park on March 3 and 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Start your day with a traditional Sugar Shack meal then enjoy a full roster of entertainment, including music and dancing, exhibits and demonstrations and magic and circus shows, all throughout the park. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, enjoy lots of outdoor family games and don't miss the maple taffy on snow. Tickets can be pre-purchased on line.

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Athabaska Ultra 100

Athabasca, Alberta
2018-07-27 to 2018-07-29 MST

The AthabasKa Ultra 100 is a 100 mile running relay event along the Trans Canada Trail July 27-29. The relay will start in Fort Saskatchewan and finish at Athabasca Landing. The route follows the Trans Canada Trail with transition points in beautiful communities along the trail. Total distance of the race is 175.6 km / 109.1 miles. Start: Fort Saskatchewan; Finish: Athabasca. The whole family can experience the past and present connections with Indigenous and community heritage and the beautiful prairie and river valley landscape.

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