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Celebrate National Aboriginal Day at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

by NationTalk on June 8, 2012767 Views

June 8, 2012

Fort Macleod… On Thursday, June 21, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump offers a full day of activities to mark National Aboriginal Day.

Visitors can sample delicious Blackfoot delicacies, enjoy superb First Nations performers and take guided tours of the interpretive centre, available throughout the day. A shuttle service will take visitors from the parking lot to the buffalo jump site.National Aboriginal Day celebrations include:

• welcome and opening remarks (ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m.);
• opening prayer – Blackfoot Elder;
• flag raising song – Blackfoot Drum Group;
• drumming and dancing (performances at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.);
• traditional food sampling;
• First Nations arts and crafts; and
• story telling.

Culture connects our people, our communities and our province. National Aboriginal Day recognizes the unique heritage, cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in Canada.

Admission is $10 for adults, $22 for a family (two adults and their children ages 7 to 17), $5 for youth (ages 7 to 17) and $8 for seniors. Children six and under are admitted free.

Operated by Alberta Culture, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is located 18 kilometres northwest of Fort Macleod on Secondary Highway 785. One of the world’s oldest, largest and best-preserved buffalo jump sites, it was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1981. The site is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 403-553-2731 (dial 310-0000 for toll-free access within Alberta), or visit www.experiencealbertahistory.com.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:
Quinton Crow Shoe
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
403-553-2731
Quinton.Crowshoe@gov.ab.ca

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.

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