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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is a buffalo jump located where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains begin to rise from the prairie 18 km northwest of Fort Macleod, Alberta. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of a museum of Blackfoot culture. Head-Smashed-In was abandoned in the 19th century after European contact. The site was first recorded by Europeans in the 1880s, and first excavated by the American Museum of Natural History in 1938. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1968, a Provincial Historic Site in 1979, and a World Heritage Site in 1981. The park was established as a World Heritage Site in 1981 for its testimony of prehistoric life and the customs of aboriginal people.

Photo Credit: Photograph by Ken Thomas, released into the public domain

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  • Incredible
    guestBook Guestbook/ autokahht/ Aug 19, 2017

    What a spectacular look at what this land has seen. I wish it were twice as large and had more stories to share. Loved it here.

  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ autokahht/ Aug 19, 2017
  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ WinstonD/ May 22, 2017
  • Interactive
    guestBook Guestbook/ Gavinfre/ Mar 24, 2016

    Love this site. It is a little far from Calgary but well worth it. Enjoyed the views and the tour

  • Head smashed in buffalo jump
    guestBook Guestbook/ VandenBroek/ Sep 22, 2015

    WOW! this place is really something to look into if you life heritage. It really shows you how it was done and gets the natives story across. I really enjoyed my day spent at the buffalo jump. I am really looking forward to going again one day.

  • Buffalo
    guestBook Guestbook/ Bobjoe123/ Mar 31, 2015

    It's cool

  • Early Aboriginal Life in Canada - La vie préhistorique des autochtones au Canada
    guestBook Guestbook/ Explore150 Team/ Dec 6, 2013

    It was fascinating to learn about early aboriginal life in Canada at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump! C’était fascinant d’en apprendre davantage sur la vie préhistorique des autochtones au Canada en visitant le précipice à bisons Head-Smashed-In!

  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ FacelessMasses/ Dec 5, 2013
  • Beautiful educational experience
    guestBook Guestbook/ / Nov 20, 2013

    We were blown away by how incredible this site is, we learned so much and enjoyed the short hike around outside. So informative, and one of our favourite excursions this summer.

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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

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NEWS FEED
  • Incredible
    guestBook Guestbook/ autokahht/ Aug 19, 2017

    What a spectacular look at what this land has seen. I wish it were twice as large and had more stories to share. Loved it here.

  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ autokahht/ Aug 19, 2017
  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ WinstonD/ May 22, 2017
  • Interactive
    guestBook Guestbook/ Gavinfre/ Mar 24, 2016

    Love this site. It is a little far from Calgary but well worth it. Enjoyed the views and the tour

  • Head smashed in buffalo jump
    guestBook Guestbook/ VandenBroek/ Sep 22, 2015

    WOW! this place is really something to look into if you life heritage. It really shows you how it was done and gets the natives story across. I really enjoyed my day spent at the buffalo jump. I am really looking forward to going again one day.

  • Buffalo
    guestBook Guestbook/ Bobjoe123/ Mar 31, 2015

    It's cool

  • Early Aboriginal Life in Canada - La vie préhistorique des autochtones au Canada
    guestBook Guestbook/ Explore150 Team/ Dec 6, 2013

    It was fascinating to learn about early aboriginal life in Canada at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump! C’était fascinant d’en apprendre davantage sur la vie préhistorique des autochtones au Canada en visitant le précipice à bisons Head-Smashed-In!

  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ FacelessMasses/ Dec 5, 2013
  • Beautiful educational experience
    guestBook Guestbook/ / Nov 20, 2013

    We were blown away by how incredible this site is, we learned so much and enjoyed the short hike around outside. So informative, and one of our favourite excursions this summer.

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is a buffalo jump located where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains begin to rise from the prairie 18 km northwest of Fort Macleod, Alberta. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of a museum of Blackfoot culture. Head-Smashed-In was abandoned in the 19th century after European contact. The site was first recorded by Europeans in the 1880s, and first excavated by the American Museum of Natural History in 1938. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1968, a Provincial Historic Site in 1979, and a World Heritage Site in 1981. The park was established as a World Heritage Site in 1981 for its testimony of prehistoric life and the customs of aboriginal people.

Fort Macleod, Alberta
http://history.alberta.ca/headsmashedin/
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Photo: Photograph by Ken Thomas, released into the public domain

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