Getting in contact with some fascinating elements of southern Alberta’s historical past is getting simpler due to a brand new effort to focus on the previous proper within the coronary heart of recent Calgary.
Tarra Wright Many Chief is providing excursions offering perception into Blackfoot traditions although her firm Many Chief Tours.
The excursions happen on St. Patrick’s Island, throughout the Bow River from downtown Calgary.
“It’s really a Blackfoot sacred web site,” Many Chief stated.
“It’s the place the confluence of the (Bow and Elbow) rivers come collectively, a spot the place historically we might camp, thought-about a peaceable spot, the place completely different tribes from each northern Alberta and southern Alberta might come collectively.”
That includes conventional legends and knowledge on issues like medicinal plant use, free self-guided audio excursions can be found till the tip of February, accessed by scanning QR codes on indicators positioned round St. Patrick’s Island.
Socially-distanced in-person excursions start in on March 6.
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“Doing analysis and studying extra about this space has actually helped me reconnect extra with my tradition,” Many Chief stated.
“I like that it’s one thing that I can share with different individuals.”
The excursions function elements of nature that had been historically vital to the Blackfoot, lots of that are nonetheless plentiful alongside the river banks, together with wolf willow bushes.
“The plant has two makes use of,” Many Chief stated. “We used to eat them in instances of famine and we might boil it and use the powder from across the seed as tea.”
The excursions are additionally designed to offer some sudden views on acquainted gadgets.
“One of many fascinating issues about the best way the tipi labored is the fireplace pit was really dug about half a foot into the bottom,” Many Chief stated. “Because the earth begins to heat up from the fireplace, your physique begins to heat up.”
Extra data on the excursions is accessible at www.manychieftours.com.
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