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by J. Fromhold Copyright 1994
Author and Father on the Colville Trail near Canmore, 1957 J. Fromhold is the Founder and Head of the Cultural Awareness Through Native Arts And Crafts (CATNAC) Program (aka. Native Cultural Program), at the Alberta Vocational Center (A.V.C. College) at Lac La Biche. This program and the sister program at A.V.C. Grouard were the first Community Native Cultural Programs in Alberta. THE COLVILE TRAIL The basis of the Colvile Tail lays in an old transmontane route used from time immemorial by the aboriginal nations of the region. During historic times it was used primarily by the Kutenai and the ASINI WACHI WI INIWAK/YE XA YA BINE (Mountain People) of the NEHIYAW-PWAT (Cree-Nakoda) Nation. From the 1820's on it became the principal overland route between Edmonton and the Oregon Territory and was used by numerous emigrants, parties of settlers, fur traders, amd general travelers. It was the scene of the first Cattle Drive north of Mexico. The Government of Alberta, Department of Culture and Historical Resources, incidentally, has absolutely no interest in pursuing this kind of historical research. Colville Trail Research Proposal. "History" in Alberta means almost exclusively "History of Euro-Canadian Settlement". "Archaeology" in Alberta means almost exlclusively "Early Man Studies pre 200 A.D." Certainly not Aboriginal History and Archaeology (Aboriginal burial sites in Alberta are not protected because "there were no burials".) The following trip takes us from Edmonton south along the old route:


Grave near Battle River Crossing Buffalo near Truman East of Bluffton Sacred Spring near Rimbey View NW across Rimbey Blindman Valley Medicine Hills Medicine Valley View E across Red Deer River Medicine River Crossing Rocky Mountain House Fort (Reconstruction) Remains of the old fort Graves near Cremona Near Grease Creek Trailcut through rock outcrop Old Bow Fort Nakoda lodge near Morley Near Morley Near Morley MANITO OSTIKWAN WACHI (God's Head Mountain), landmark God's Head Devil's Gap, gateway to the mountains Lac Des Arcs a new generation on the trail Many Face Canyon, Carrot Creek Lake Minnewanka Continental Divide
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