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.