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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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That's Empressive

Empress, Alberta

Featuring the work of some of Canada's top First Nations artists, this art gallery in Empress is home to the Ojibwa artist Nokomis. An onsite gift shop sells jewelry and giftware items.

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The Fort Museum of the North West Mounted Police

Fort Macleod, Alberta
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The Fort Museum of the North West Mounted Police is dedicated to preserving the history of the North West Mounted Police and the First Nations of Southern Alberta. The museum is a re-creation of the original Fort built in 1874.

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Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park

Siksika, Alberta
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Step into a land before time and explore the history of the Siksika Nation with displays, performances, events and tipi camping at this unique museum and historical park southeast of Calgary.

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Piksun, the Buffalo Jump

Visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a World Heritage Site to immerse yourself in a 3-hour Indigenous cultural experience. It will take you back in time to learn the basics of buffalo hunting. Cost: $40 includes admission and program free. Valid on Mondays and Fridays in July and August. Restrictions apply.

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5-Day Canadian Badlands Tour

Journey through the Canadian Badlands on this 5-day/4-night history and culture tour. Hike pine forest trails in the middle of the prairie, meet prehistoric dinosaurs, and dine on creative local dishes as you journey through southern Alberta. Save $100 on all 2018 dates.

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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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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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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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Archaeological Findings at Morleyville

Morley, Alberta
2018-07-07 to 2018-07-07 MST

Please join us on July 7 at 11:00 or at 2:00 for a site tour and talk with Dr. Margaret Kennedy. Dr. Kennedy led a detailed archaeological study of the Morleyville Mission settlement in 1984 and 1985, and will share her findings and interpretations of what she found at one of southern Alberta’s most significant historic sites. We will walk around the lower ledge where she did the excavation, so please wear walking shoes and dress for the weather. A great learning opportunity for all ages!

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Local Art Show with Music by The Wardens

Morley, Alberta
2018-08-18 to 2018-08-18 MST

On August 18 at 1:00 visit the McDougall Memorial United Church Site for an Art walk and sale with local artist’s who will be set up at the site with their art for sale or for commission work. With a special performance by The Wardens - listen as they share haunting harmonies and chilling tales from their lives in the wilderness of Canada’s mountain national parks. Very entertaining afternoon in a beautiful setting.

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National Indigenous Peoples Day

Fort Macleod, Alberta
2018-06-21 to 2018-06-21 MST

On National Indigenous People's Day, immerse yourself in the Plains Blackfoot way of life. On the "Moon of the Longest Day", celebrate Indigenous Peoples' contributions to Canadian society. Experience the sound and spectacle of drumming and dancing. Listen to Blackfoot Elders tell stories about the plains buffalo culture. Guided facility tours, a live display of Alberta Birds of Prey, and indigenous food sampling are all included. Try your hand at Atl Atl throwing, an ancient hunting technique.

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