The Blackfoot stories transfer the knowledge and skills of culture, language and traditions. Dur…
Oki and welcome to Lethbridge. Oki means hello in Blackfoot. It is also the official welcome of Lethbridge. This Indigenous Lethbridge page is a starting point for visitors looking to learn more. Come and broaden your understanding of Blackfoot people, history and culture.
The History and Importance of The Blackfoot Territories
The City of Lethbridge rests on the ancestral land of the Blackfoot and Indigenous people of Canada. Lethbridge is in Treaty 7 territory as well as a part of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.
This land has sustained and supported the lives and culture of all Indigenous people since long before we began tracking our history. To learn more about the territory and how it supports the cultural and historical practices of the Blackfoot people of Canada, read Rebecca Many Grey Horses' article on the importance of this territory to Blackfoot culture.
Sacred Sites on Blackfoot Territory
Our region is home to many locations that are significant to Blackfoot Culture. From the Majorville Medicine Wheel to Estipah-skikikini-kots / Head-Smashed-in-Buffalo-Jump and Áísínai'pi / Writing on Stone, Southern Alberta is filled with places that are as sacred as they are spectacular. Some sites visitors can easily visit, others are are not attractions, all should be treated with respect. Read Rebecca Many Grey Horses article on the sacred sites of Alberta to learn more.
The Galt Museum and Archives has many resources devoted to the Blackfoot culture.
Indigenous Attractions — Where to Begin
Lethbridge is at the heart of 4 remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Not surprisingly, these locations are also landmarks to the Blackfoot people. For an introduction into Indigenous history and culture, we recommend a visit to Estipah-skikikini-kots (Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump). A landmark such as Ninastako (Chief Mountain) defines the drive from Lethbridge to Paahtómahksik (Waterton Lakes National Park). A guided walking tour at Áísínai'pi (Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park) will give you much better understanding of the ancient rock art found there.
Blanche Bruised Head, the Galt Museum Blackfoot interpreter, introduces the history, culture and worldview of the Blackfoot people to a group of students.
The Galt Museum and Archives/
The Galt Museum and Archives is actively collecting and maintaining the history, stories, and artifacts of Indigenous Lethbridge. Along with Blackfoot history, they have assembled an excellent Blackfoot language page.
More Indigenous Resources
This page will continue to grow and develop. Here are more links to outside sources involved in Blackfoot history and culture and Indigenous Tourism.
Blackfoot Crossing — a worthy detour between Lethbridge and Calgary
University of Lethbridge Blackfoot Digital Library — excellent language and archive resource
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