Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
Fort Macleod Alberta Canada
On a vast stretch of wind-swept prairie just 15 minutes northwest of Fort Macleod is a sandstone escarpment with a dramatic history that goes back more than 6,000 years. Every fall herds of buffalo stampeded across the open landscape and over the cliff’s edge, tumbling down the rock face to the valley below. Their deaths were not accidental, and they were not in vain. Ancient members of the Blackfoot nation relied on the buffalo for everything they needed to sustain their people through the long cold winter. The buffalo drive provided food, shelter, clothing, and tools for an industrious people, and became a significant part of Blackfoot culture that’s remembered and honoured today at the UNESCO World Heritage site, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Built right into the face of the cliff itself, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is a state of the art visitor’s centre. Filled with engaging displays and interactive media presentations, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump celebrates Blackfoot culture, commemorates the drives that happened on the site, and invites guests to experience the days when wild buffalo roamed the prairie.