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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site, Fort Macleod
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Visit the World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site, which preserves a prehistoric custom of the native people that inhabited the plains. Situated in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the buffalo jump is a cliff used by the Blackfoot tribe to hunt and kill bison. Herding them over the cliff edge, the hunters let the animals fall to their death, dragging them afterwards to a butchering site. Visit the cliff and the interpretive center, and see exhibits about the history and culture of the tribes. To visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site and other attractions in Fort Macleod, use our Fort Macleod itinerary builder.
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Fort Macleod isn't exactly the tourist mecca of Alberta, but if you are in the area, the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is a very well done historical site that depicts the reality of the nomadic Indian... read more »
This exhibit tells the history of the Plains People and their method of hunting bison. The story is told on several floors and ends with an exit to view the jump site. We were in awe at the view of th... read more »
Sometimes you enter into a museum with an extremely sceptical mind, because most of them do not communicate well. The buffalo museum is a great place to understand how the Blackfoot people lived, grad... read more »
Third time we visited. Amazing how building blends into the landscape. Convenient bus to shuttle to and from the parking lot. View on Ridge trail spectacular. Interpreter staff member went out of her way to greet us and answer our questions. Serene atmosphere.
The museum itself is beautifully situated within the cliff. It presents a mazing story of ingenious cooperative hunting to provide winter provisions for multiple bands. It that began before ancient Rome and lasted until white men exterminated the buffalo herds, just for the fun of it. The exhibits are beautifully laid out. The movie brings you right into the hun tas it would have been conducted. The guides are all young Blackfoot, most of whom are going to school as well. It is well worth the visit.
What an amazing experience. We learned so much about the history to do with one of Alberta's great archeological sights. A beautiful museum, a wonderful hike over the trails and a delicious lunch at the cafe including buffalo stew and bannock. We will definitely be back in the future.
Loved this place! Feel as though every Canadian should understand our country's history in this way and especially that of the West. Going in, did not realize how extensive the museum actual was and the great stories of our past. Museum staff were great and knowledgeable! Amazing to see people so proud of their extensive and inspirational history in the region.
One of the best places i would recommend for the tourists to go to. Shows how the Indigenous people hunted buffalo. Beautiful view and a comprehensive look at the materials and tools the people used to hunt buffalo for food or shelter
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