The correct name is “Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump” in southern Alberta,Canada, and it’s a National Historic Site of Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

When buffalo (bison) herds were in countless thousands, they were the staff of life for the native peoples of the great plains. At this place, the herds were driven towards the edge of the cliff where they were forced over by the press of the stampeding bodies coming from behind. At the bottom, the animals were killed and every possible portion was used for food,clothing,shelter,fires,sleeping robes and nothing was wasted. It remained for the white man to come and engage in senseless slaughter and decimate the herds until there were only a handful left. Now herds are slowly coming back in protected areas. The Interpretive Centre is a fascinating place to visit and learn the history of the early native people and their culture.
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  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 6 years ago

    another place to visit next time I am out that way,,,,,,,,been there but many years ago when the kids were young

  • We weren’t sure what we’d find there, but ended up spending a whole day. They’ve done a great job of making the past history very alive and understandable.

    – George Cousins

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 5 years ago

    Very interesting read George, I have heard a lot about this site but have never been there, that, s quite a drop there

  • Same as you Larry, I’d heard about it, and when we decided to drive across Canada in 2006, we tried to map out the “must see”places along the way. This was a really good one. My own fav. was the Tyrell Museum in Drumheller, I’d wanted to see that ever since I was a kid. Took a long time to get there :)

    – George Cousins

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 5 years ago

  • Many thanks Larry and also Mike..didn’t know Mike was a host of this Group..we chat back and forth a lot..:) Glad you liked the image, it’s a very interesting place to spend a day.

    – George Cousins

  • Jus looked, and you’ve also featured Ross Fountain, by my partner Jann. How great to have us both get a feature at the same time! That’s her in the image of the Buffalo Jump. Depends on which of us gets the camera up!

    – George Cousins

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 4 years ago

    June 19, 2010

  • Very many thanks Kay, I’m honoured !

    – George Cousins

  • DryFlyPhoto
    DryFlyPhotoover 4 years ago

    Great contrast in colors, George and a great capture of an historical area. Also, thanks for the history that really adds to the enjoyment. Congratulations on the feature at GPNA

  • Many thanks Scott. Glad you enjoyed the bit of history, I try to do some kind of write-up on every photo, I always enjoy seeing the same from other folks.

    – George Cousins

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