Feel the past come to life as the stories of the hunt are told in dance and song at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stand on the cliffs where the Blackfoot drove the bison to their deaths in the valley below – a ritual repeated for at least 5,700 years. Find out why the site’s frightful name does not refer to buffalo at all, but to a foolhardy young Blackfoot. Feel the rhythms of the drums and sleep in a tipi.
All around Alberta you’ll find tributes to the strength and stamina of First Nations, Métis and Inuit. As many as 8,000 years ago, the Plains Indians left their mark at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. Explore the interactive exhibits at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park. Learn to make pemmican and bead a moccasin. Explore early Métis life at Métis Crossing. Grasp the delicate balance of preserving traditional culture in a modern world.