Buffalo Days Powwow

Buffalo Days Powwow

Third weekend in July
UNESCO designated the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump site near Fort Mcleod, Alberta, Canada, as a World Heritage Site in 1981. For more than 5,500 years this natural land formation was used by northern Plains Indians to hunt and slaughter buffalo. Hunters on horseback would herd a large group of buffalo to the edge of the cliff and trigger a stampede so that some would run over the edge to their death. The interpretive center located at the jump provides tours and information and features exhibits on the area's Plains Indian culture.
The Buffalo Days Powwow is held at the site every July. Attendees enjoy dance competitions, foods, crafts, and a teepee village.
CONTACTS:
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre
P.O. Box 1977
Fort Macleod, AL T0L 0Z0 Canada
403-553-2731; fax: 403-553-3141
www.head-smashed-in.com
SOURCES:
EndurHarv-1995, p. 280