Monday, September 22, 2008

Head Smashed In - The Return

Regular readers will recall that we visited Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump with Jan's parents, back in April this year. See the past post...

We felt the need to return with Linda, Andrew, Sarah & Katie, most particularly because we had read that there was going to be a display of First Nations Dancing that day. If you've read the prior post above, you know just how busy the approach road to Head Smashed In gets! However, this time, on the same road, we were held up by, err, "traffic" on more than one occasion...We arrived at Head Smashed In as they were setting up for the dancing display. Everyone and everything was interested in what was going on...The dancing itself was extremely impressive. Beautiful detailling on the hand made costumes, intricate steps in the dances and in the case of the hoop dancer that concluded the display (this being someone we have seen before at the Calgary Stampede), quite unbelievable co-ordination and choreography. We would soooo end up in hospital if we tried anything of what this chap is capable of doing!Afterwards, we took a stroll on the walking paths and saw a plethora of what we believe to be Swallow nests......and we were far from alone on the paths...Is it just us but if you look at the right ear of this fellow, can you see a face looking back at you?! You'll need to click on the photo to enlarge it to see what we mean.Maybe it's the stress free drive there and back. Maybe it's the beautiful scenery that lines much of the route. Maybe it's the tremendous interest that this place holds when you get here but Head Smashed In is certainly among our favourite days out in Alberta.J&E.