Special Events 2014
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HIKE TO THE DRIVE LANES
May through October, first Saturday of the month, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hike to the ancient drive lanes with our Blackfoot guides. Hear stories of how the Plains People hunted the mighty buffalo. Participants should be prepared for an off-trail hike and dress appropriately for inclement weather. Bring your lunch and water bottle. Please register in advance as space is limited (phone 403-553-2731).
- May 3, Moon of the Flower/Crocus
- June 7, Moon of the Longest Day
- July 5, Moon of the Berry
- August 2, Moon of the Buffalo Rut
- September 6, Moon of the Leaves Falling
SoWeCa Chamber Music Festival
Sunday, May 25, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
With three world premieres of music to honour the Blackfoot Nation, SoWeCa returns to their spiritual home where their festival began in 2005.
Mozart - Flute Quartet No. 1 in K285
David Jaeger - Thunder & Raven
Charles Heller - Two Crows (world premiere)
Benjamin Ellin - Baker Massacre (world premiere)
For more information and tickets, visit http://www.soweca.com
NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY
June 21, Saturday
In the “Moon of the Longest Day,” we celebrate First Nations’ contributions to Canadian society. Experience the sound and spectacle of drumming and dancing. Listen to Blackfoot elders tell stories about the plains buffalo culture. Guided facility tours, Alberta Birds of Prey—a live display, traditional hand game demonstrations and aboriginal food sampling are all included.
FLYING BUFFALO FESTIVAL
June 25, Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (winds permitting)
Watch the beautiful hand painted kites soar above the cliffs at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. These are all unique buffalo-themed designs by native artists. Photographers will love this day.
The large kites are flown by professional kite flyers with amazing skills and impressive gear!
DRUMMING AND DANCING ON THE PLAZA
Every Wednesday in July and August
Two performances daily: 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Experience authentic First Nations culture in the open air of our plaza. Our best native dancers perform to the
beat of Blackfoot drumming and singing. Hear stories of how drumming and dancing connect us with the ancient buffalo
BUFFALO HARVEST DAYS
September 26 to 28, Friday to Sunday
Celebrate Alberta Culture Days with us! Join our Blackfoot guides on a guided tour through the building. Participate in our ever popular “Living Off The Land” artifact demonstrations. Taste buffalo themed cuisine from our cafeteria. Sit with an elder and hear stories about the Plains People long ago. Watch First Nations artists demonstrate their skills and display their artworks. Sale discounts in our gift shop for all three days! Free Admission all three days. Shuttle bus service and cafeteria open.
Open daily, year-round
Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday.
Please note: no ATM available on site.
Shuttle service only in the summer season.
SPECIAL EVENTS BOOKINGS
Call toll free in Alberta at 310-0000, then dial 403-553-2731
Hours of operation
- Open daily, year-round
- For hours of operation visit www.headsmashedin.org
- Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday
Last reviewed/revised: March 31, 2014