in the interpretive centre parking lot 18kms west of Fort McLeod Alberta.
Head Smashed In
Buffalo Jump is
Heritage Site. Several hundred years ago the
Native Indians used the cliffs located here for killing the Buffalo they
depended on for their survival. This was done by herding and stampeding Buffalo
over the cliffs, hence the name "Head Smashed In". The
have a profound attachment to this area. Their Native history goes back several
thousand years according to the archaeological artifacts found in this area.
Today there is an incredible five level interpretive center constructed inside a
hill with informative displays. The front of the interpretive centre hides it's
size as it shows only as an entrance. The full five levels inside the hill lead
to the top where the buffalo jump cliffs are located. Views above the cliffs are
outstanding. One can see west towards the Rocky Mountains, east towards the
prairies, south towards gently rolling foothills and the
Oldman River. Once here you can see why the Blackfoot
Natives and local wildlife congregated here. This area looks and feels like a
natural point of gathering for all life. The estimated 60 million Buffalo that
roamed the great plains are no longer here but the deer, elk, antelope, and
birds of prey can still be found here. It is well worth the effort to hike
higher up to the top of the hill above the cliffs and also take in the trails
located below the cliffs. The energy here is strong. I mentioned this to a very
proud and knowledgeable Native Blackfoot Indian that was working in the area, he
told me it was his ancestors I felt. I believe him.