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Specialized and personalized tours: advise us of what you are
Costs vary by location, duration and size of group
Arranged and conducted by a regional historian with degrees in
Archaeology, Anthropology and History and Native staff.
First archaeologists to work in the Alberta Rocky Mountains and on
lower the Peace River.
A lifetime working in Native communities and in northern communities.
Experienced mountaineer and wilderness river canoeist.
Former Class A hunting guide, trail ride operator and outfitter.
Past Cultural Director and Pow-Wow director to various organizations.
Please note that we contract for the route guiding, logistics and community
study and interpretation aspects only. Contracting parties are responsible
for providing their own safety and medical specialists as may be deemed
Historical/Archaeological Tours of
Alberta Moundbuilder/Temple Mound Sites
Donalda Buffalo Jump
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718 T0M 0J0 CANADA
Throughout North America there are a number of "Indian" tourism
oriented operations that are merely White-Man's commercial ventures
capitalizing on Indian Culture - the "Indian Industry". They are
NOT NATIVE OWNED or operated, and have no connection with a Native
organization. In Alberta these include:
BAR C RANCH, Cochrane, Alberta
Tipi rentals; pow wows; Not Native, but hires Native
dancers and has passable relations with the local
BRAGG CREEK TOURS, Bragg Creek, Alberta
"Traditional Native Eco-tours" (whatever that is).
BUFFALO NATIONS TRIBAL DAYS, Luxton Museum, Banff, Alberta
Native organization with inter-tribal Board of Director,
though limited grass-roots membership. Buffalo Nations
Tribal Days operates the Luxton Museum and sponsors
annual celebrations. Genuine & worthwhile.
ELK VIEW ADVENTURES, Red Deer, Alberta (aka. WAPITI TIPI VILLAGE)
An Indian Village/Tipi camp with Indian cultural content.
Not Native but some attempts to have Native involvement;
Tipi accomodation; Don't expect Natives on site but will
attempt to arrange for Native speakers or dancers on
LITTLE PEMBINA VENTURES, Edson, Alberta
Tipi rentals; unfurnished; firepits, sweatlodge,
canoe rentals; Non-native as far as we know.
Traditonal sweatlodges are a sacred spiritual undertaking,
not a tourism gimmick. Have no traditional or Native
authorization to operate a sweatlodge.
HEAD SMASHED IN BUFFALO JUMP, Ft. Macleod, Alberta
Owned & operated by Parks Canada; Tipi rentals;
interpretive tours; Some co-operation with local reserve;
Gift Shop not Native; Parks Canada has a record
of not responding to applications by qualified Natives
for employment as Parks Interpretive staff. Parks
Canada have a generally limited relation with Native
MOUNTAIN PEOPLES CULTURAL SOCIETY
RAFTER 6 GUEST RANCH, Seebee, Alberta
Pow-Wows; Native artefacts gift shop. Hires Native
dancers, actively involved in Native cultural/tourism
development (Buffalo Nations Society [see above] &
involvement with Luxton Museum).
SUNDANCE TIPI VILLAGE, Kananaskis Lakes, Alberta
Overnight accomodation in painted tipis. Not authentic
painte tipis. Designs used without proper authorization
WAPITI TIPI VILLAGE (see Elk View Adventures)
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ALPHA FLIGHT COMICS - Michael Twoyoungmen
While on the topic of ripping off; here is an entry from the Heritage
TWOYOUNGMEN, Michael, Dr.
Comic Book character. Appears in ALPHA FLIGHT comics. Supposedly a
Tsuu T'Ina (Sarcee) Medicine Man and Surgeon in 1983.
Twoyoungmen is actually a Nakoda family name from Morley, Alberta,
who are descended from Nakoda chiefs. It is a Sarcee name.
No Sarcee - not Canadian Indian in general - would use the term
SHAMAN as a name, but rather a name in their own language. Note also
that in 1983 there were no Native surgeons at all in Canada - an
precious few University graduates at all.
In the comic version SHAMAN is depicted dressed in quasi-Indian
costumes that have absolutely no relevance to the Tsuu T'Ina or to
Northern Plains at all and perhaps have more in common with Conan
type S & S outfits. He is commonly depicted with long flowing hair,
which is not a Tsuu T'Ina trait, braids being the common contemporary
expression of Sarcee identity.
Has a daugheter, Elizabeth, who is supposedly a Tsuu T'Ina Medicine
Woman (aka. Talisman) who gets her powers from a headband and hates
Alpha Flight comics are an apparent attempt to claim a market niche
by presenting a Canadian comic with Canadian heroes - or what the
American writers think is Canadian, eh?. Writers & artists for the
comic have no actual knowlege of Canada or Canadians, which creates
some serious gaffes. ARCHIE COMICS does better research on it's
Canadian visits. For that matter, GROO has better historical
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