In the Footsteps of the First Nations

There are places all around Alberta that bear evidence of the strength and stamina of the first people who inhabited this land. For thousands of years, they survived and thrived and today they work to strike a delicate balance between preserving their traditional culture and finding their place in the modern world. Exploring these special places imparts an insight into the colourful past of Alberta’s First Nations and provides an understanding of who they are today.

Cool Name/Great Story
One of the world’s oldest, largest and best-preserved of its kind, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump UNESCO World Heritage Site was used continuously by First Nations for nearly 6,000 years. Visitors to this site can see the buffalo jump, participate in interpretive programs and explore the huge onsite museum.

Living History
Insights into the rich culture and traditions of the Blackfoot people are told through fascinating exhibits and interactive displays, seasonal dance performances and demonstrations at the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park.

Where History, Stories and Dreams Become One
First Nations believed the unique geological formations found at Writing on Stone Provincial Park housed the spirits of the gods and the rock carvings and paintings in this unique area contained their writings. This sacred site contains the largest concentration of indigenous petroglyphs and pictographs on the North American plains.

One and Only
Canada’s first and only major Métis cultural centre, Métis Crossing is a new attraction that shares the story of an evolving culture and promotes appreciation of Métis customs and celebrations. 

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