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Aboriginal

Drums Like Hearts

Imagine hundreds of bison at full gallop thundering over the edge of a cliff. Oki-Napi – that’s “welcome” in the language of the Blackfoot – to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Forcing the beasts to stampede off cliffs was the most effective way to hunt and was practiced right here for  at least 6,000 years. Find out why the site’s frightful name does not refer to buffalo at all, but to a foolhardy young Blackfoot. The bison are long gone but the site remains, preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

All around Alberta you’ll find tributes to the strength and stamina of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples who came before us. Grasp the delicate balance of preserving traditional culture in a modern world.

OUR VISITORS SAY:

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo jump "...far exceeded my expectations. I really like being able to say that I learned something at places and I certainly did here. Highly recommended." ~ KootenayKathy, British Columbia

EXPLORE ALBERTA

ALBERTA ABORIGINAL ADVENTURES

Create your own adventure and learn the ways of the First Nations with a tour of one of Alberta’s many Aboriginal heritage sites.

DISCOVER ALBERTA'S HEAD-SMASHED-IN BUFFALO JUMP

Experience the dramatic history of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage site and First Nations’ buffalo hunting ground for nearly 6,000 years.

AN ABORIGINAL SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

Prepare for a journey across Alberta's Aboriginal landscape. Find inspiration in the trees, the wind, and the ancient voices of people who've loved this land for millennia.

ALBERTA'S ABORIGINAL TREASURES

Enter an aboriginal tapestry of tipis, sweat lodges and vision quests. At some of Alberta's most scenic spots, First Nations wait to share their unique story.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

HEAD-SMASHED-IN BUFFALO JUMP

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in southern Alberta brings the history of the Plains Indians to life. Learn about their culture, watch costumed hoop dancers. Feel the rhythm of the drums.
Bodo Archaeological Site

BODO ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

You can touch the past with your own hands at the Bodo Archaeological Site in central Alberta, where bison were hunted communally for thousands of years.
Where The Buffalo Roamed

WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAMED

Discover how the great buffalo herds of Alberta provided sustenance to First Nations, helped maintain the prairie ecosystem and were saved from extinction in the early 1900s.
Aboriginal Alberta

ABORIGINAL ALBERTA

Immerse yourself in the traditions of Alberta’s First Nations. Take in traditional drumming and powwow ceremonies, learn to make bannock, bead a moccasin, sleep in a tipi under the stars.
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