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    Writing On Stone

    by hawt Written Apr 4, 2006

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    This Provincial Park is named Writing On Stone. Over the centuries, the native people and now the citizens of Alberta, enjoy this Park that was carved from the landscape by wind and water erosion. Huge sandstone cliffs and hoodoos permeate the area. Photographers rockhounds and travellers enjoy camping in this area.

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    What I most enjoyed visiting...

    by chanzey Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    What I most enjoyed visiting was the Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump. You can easily find more info on this internationally acknowledged archaeological site and museum on the web. The museum is excellent, very modern and a creative design.

    What is a buffalo jump?
    There are several of these in the province of Alberta alone. In fact it is a vertical drop from a plateau or hill. They were used by the First Nations in their hunt of the buffalo. They had developed an extensive hunting technique involving the jump. First they would create several different paths towards the jump, which they would mark with boulders or people (sort of the extras of the hunt scene), so the animals were led to a certain death without suspecting a thing. The bisons were chased over the edge, and died. After that the butchering was done.

    Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump is really worth seeing because of the museum, which is about the people that once lived here and hunted the buffalo. When we were there, there also was a drum session going on (deafening!).

    In the park you can walk around, have a look at animals (they show up especially in the morning and around sunset). The park stays open, the museum closes at 6 PM. You can do the museum in 45 mins, but ideally you would stay there 90 mins to soak up everything.

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