Banff or bust, part 8: Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site. That’s an incredible name, isn’t it?!

(How the Buffalo Jump Got Its Name)

When hunting buffalo, a key tactic for Plains Indians was to spark a stampede and drive the buffalo over a cliff to their deaths. At Head-Smashed-In, archaeologists have found thousands of years’ worth of evidence that tribes such as the Blackfoot used this cliff for that purpose — as a “buffalo jump.”

We toured the museum and particularly enjoyed the video reenactment of a buffalo hunt. (The museum also made me yearn for my days of atlatl practice.)


Head-Smashed-In was our last visit in Canada for this particular trip, except for a dinner in Lethbridge with lifelong friends of Dan’s. Tomorrow we schlep 7-8 hours south, back into Montana.

Audiobooks completed so far:

Part 1: Jackson Hole 
Part 2: Craters of the Moon 
Part 3: Idaho Falls
Part 4: Kootenay National Park
Part 5: Banff National Park 
Part 6: Calgary
Part 7: Edmonton Fringe Festival
Part 8: Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
Part 9: The Home Stretch

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