History in the Hills 2019 

This year we have planned 2 session in Alberta north at Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation Powwow grounds,near Valleyview, May 22-24 and the usual Alberta South at Elkwater,  June 4-6, 2019

 Schools and all other groups can book in up to 1 week prior to your event! 

History in the Hills provides an EXQUISITE  educational opportunity where students can experience the History of Indigenous people. We will be at the following locations this year: in the north near Sturgeon Lake set on traditional Cree lands and in south at Cypress Hills set on traditional Blackfoot lands!

Registration is open now! 

Registration must be paid prior to the event. $25/person

Reduced price $22/person (small children 4 yrs and under are free) 

CHECK WITH YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR FUNDS AVAILABLE TO ALL SCHOOLS FOR FIRST NATIONS, METIS AND INUIT EDUCATION FUNDING AND ASK YOUR SCHOOL COUNCIL FOR HELP WITH BUSES AND FOOD

ALL DAYS WILL HAVE BANNOCK AND WATER FREE OF CHARGE AND WILL HAVE CRAFTS AND JEWELRY FOR SALE AT AFFORDABLE PRICES

Thank you for a wonderful successful History in the Hills 2018! Hundreds of students, teachers and families visited!  


THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SETTINGS... EVER!!!!

We start each day with a ceremony for all staff to start the day right!  At 9am our Elders in Residence lead the ceremony!

Featuring Crafts by participating interpreters and authors!

Buffalo Woman Enterprises, Metis Made Capotes, Theron Black Designs,Bear Bull Creations and more!


 

“History in the Hills”

Is set in a traditional camp circle around the archeological dig, is a partnership that comes together in this traditional Blackfoot territory to celebrate Aboriginal culture from an historic perspective, providing a time-line from time immemorial to recent contact with Occidental cultures set in the beautiful Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park – Alberta.

History in the Hills carries the visitors back in time to experience the beauty of Aboriginal history in the Cypress Hills and allows the artistic mind to operate in unison with the ancestors.   This production allows participants to engage in First Nations cultures (Blackfoot Confederacy, Nakoda/Assiniboine, Cree)and Metis to connect with traditions that evolved from the connecting cultures.  The North West Mounted Police role circa 1870 is well depicted.  The dig site and the archaeologists from the University of Calgary, take visitors further back, over 8000 years and prove Aboriginals inhabited the area showing camp fires in the dig every 100 years in almost the same location and the changes that occurred within that environment. Visitors learn environmental awareness and respect, are educated on the flora and fauna of the area, watch a hide tanning demonstration and have a fry bread (bannock) snack.  In this broad cultural experience set in traditional Blackfoot country, visitors will have an opportunity to take part in a traditional round dance. 


Available through vendors on site:

  • BUFFALO WOMAN Crafts kits (REGULAR KIT- class set of 25/$90, DELUXE KIT-  $120) 
  • BUFFALO WOMAN BANNOCK MIX (2 cups-yields  1 doz./$3 a bag)  will be for sale on site
  • ARTISAN GIFT STORE/TIPI - various pieces of art and crafts professional quality, small items 


WALKING WITH KOKUM

NEW FALL - SPRING - SUMMER PROGRAM! IN COLLABORATION WITH BUFFALO WOMAN ENTERPRISES 

OPEN TO SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY GROUPS, CHURCH GROUPS, POST SECONDARY GROUPS, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS AND OTHER GROUPS

visit www.buffalowomanenterprises.com


WALKING WITH KOKUM (WWK)CAN BE MADE AVAILABLE ON WEEKENDS!

APRIL - OCTOBER 

  JOIN KOKUM FOR A DAY OF STORYTELLING AND MEDICINE WALKS $750.00/day max 50 participants



 

School Group Bookings: 

Regular HIH programming 

The venues are open for school and community group bookings.  The format has numerous interpretive stations(tipis, trapper tents, shelters) set up in a circle, each with a different historical focus.  These are visited on a rotation schedule of approximately 20 minutes each with 25-35 people per venue. Participants are guaranteed to visit 10 of 15 venues. 

Additional costs for meals and accommodations for those who choose to camp only! 

Please call for more information.



To act as a volunteer please see "contact us" tab

 

History in the Hills Venues

  • Archeological Dig demo of a dig
  • Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
  • Metis Trapping and Hide Tanning
  • Blackfoot Culture 
  • Cree Culture - traditional dancing and drumming
  • Forts in History
  • Tipi pole harvesting
  • Traditional Games
  • Storytelling/Medicine Walk
  • Mini Powwow to close out each day!           
  • Traditional dancers will be performing in the central staging area followed by a round dance.
  • Bannock and a drinks are available at the bannock station free at a rate of 1 per participant additional bannock must be pre-ordered at going rates
  • Crafts, books and bannock mix will be for sale at the Bannock venue!!!
  • Elkwater is a Dark Sky Preserve (So this is an excellent opportunity to view the night sky.)  Costs to be negotiated based on meals and night sky programming. Group cabins are  available upon request. Campers must provide their own bedding and toiletries. 

Amenities:

Porta-potties on site, 

Participants must bring their own water 

There are restaurants and stores in the town sites close by

Within this beautiful setting will be an arrangement of tipis, available for overnight camping. Participants may also book into cabins that sleep up to 14 per cabin.