On this episode, we’ve traveled to the geologic and Historic wonders that await visitors at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park in Alberta Canada.
For many visitors, the rock formations havetheir own mysterious tales, But the heart and soul of these stones lies in The petroglyphs and pictographs made by thisland’s first inhabitants.
These carvings remain a source of pride and culture For First Nations, a place where familiesattend, to this day, To explain to their children their deep, spiritual, connection with the land.
Telling the history of Canada’s indigenouspeople, however, is not easy.
By learning the difficult chapters from thepast, we inform how The country must treat all people ahead intothe future.
From Milk River, Alberta, the community nearestto the park, We visited Lethbridge’s Fort Whoop-Up tounderstand its Grim heritage and its damaging affect on theFirst Nations.
Alright, welome back to another episode ofTraveling with Krushworth.
And LilLizzy, where are we today? Well, today we’re at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park.
We are enjoying the sacred landscape of theBlackfoot people.
This has been a place of high spiritual naturefor them For thousands of years.
There are amazing petroglyphs here.
And LilLizzy, we’re off to see some of therock carvings Yes, yes we are.
It’s going to be amazing, but we’ll saybye for now And we’ll show you everything we’re seeing.
Alright, see you later, bye.
We set off down the Hoodoo Trail, a Pathway that snakes through some of Alberta’smost unique sandstone cliffs.
Ensure you wear a hat and have enough waterupon your visit.
One must walk the trail when coming to Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park.
Don’t miss the Battle Scene, linked to theRetreat up the Hill Battle in 1866, Carved in the late 19th century.
Our trip coincided with a terrible wildfire season.
The sunlight through the smoke cast an orangeglow on the rocks.
It was a sad sight, knowing the heartacheof others, but we won’t forget it.
That evening, a guide transported us intothe protected archeological preserve, A section of the provincial park open onlyto tours.
The Rock Art walk is a memory we both cherish today.
Writing on Stone, meaning “It is Written”in Blackfoot, is sacred for First Nations people and visitors have a windowinto these Ancient lives with petroglyphs and pictographs.
To those first people, and many today, theregion is home to ancestors' spirits.
People first came here 3, 500 years ago asthis mysterious River valley offered camping spots and spiritualism.
Many ancient inhabitants saw these spiritsas guides helping them learn their future.
Today’s Blackfoot revere the landscape, but it remains a place to respect, As it would have been for their forefathers.
Some of the carvings or pictographs may bethree millennium old.
Many of them remain uninterpreted, a mystery unknown to us.
Yet, the one truth is there is an elementof magic, carvings From visions as well as real events affectingearly nomads.
One tale focuses on the most modern petroglyphs, Those of Ford Model T vehicles in the MilkRiver Valley.
Elder Bird Rattle, who described the Retreatup the Hill Battle upon revisiting the park in 1924, shared a deepconnection with the stones By carving the vehicle that carried him.
We moved on from the spiritual Milk Rivervalley to Lethbridge And the recreated Fort Whoop-up in that city’sIndian Battle Park, Which was an important camping spot for First Nations.
The illicit whiskey and buffalo robe trading place, Possibly named for one trader “whoopingit up across the border, ” was built in 1870 After the first fort was burned by Blackfoot people.
Economic success led to immense interest from American whiskey traders.
Vast sums of money had been made by the originalproprietors Healy and Hamilton.
With the United States government laying outstrict rules prohibiting the trade of alcohol With First Nations groups, whiskey tradersseeking riches at any cost poured over the border Americans traded guns, liquor and often diseasedblankets for sought after buffalo robes Decimating the first people.
One winter claimed 70 Blackfoot lives fromdrunkenness.
A quart of the vile whiskey, often cut withginger and tobacco juice, could be traded for a horse.
Two firms, the IG Baker Co and TC Power andBro heavily backed the damaging trade.
One wagon train is said to have had 20, 000buffalo skins Heading back to Fort Benton, Montana.
A vast empire built on buffalo robes and mass hunting Led to the extermination of the buffalo, ananimal First Nations people Had based their lives around for centuries.
Citing the violence against the Blackfoot, and other First Nations as well as among economic concerns, Canada formed the NorthwestMounted Police In 1873 under Colonel James Macleod.
American invasion of the future Canadian countryremained a viable threat.
The North West Mounted Police started theirfamed march, Arriving in fall 1874.
The fort had been emptied, the traders had fled.
The manager, the sole occupant, offered thepolice dinner.
Early police in the North West Territories, which would become The country’s famed Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Went onto bring order, and the expansion ofthe Canadian west.
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