The Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Immerses Guests in Aboriginal History

By: Katherine Pendrill - May 31, 2016
References: & history.alberta
While there are many ways to learn about Canada's rich Aboriginal history, Alberta's Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump provides a truly authentic visitor experience. As one of the world's oldest and best-preserved buffalo jumps, the archaeological site allows visitors to experience the same hunting traditions that have been practiced for nearly 6,000 years.

At Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, guests can visit the award-winning interpretive center, which highlights the history of the First Nations people of the North American plains. The experience takes guests through a timelines of the buffalo jump, exploring how First Nations people learned the typography of the land and the behavior of the buffalo in order to carry out the hunting process. In addition to the exhibits, guests can enjoy a performance by First Nations dancers and drummers or choose to hike out the the drive lanes for a hands-on look at the ways in which the buffalo were outwitted.

By recreating an ancient Aboriginal tradition, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump provides visitors with a more authentic way of leaning about the history of Canada's first people.