Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site


As soon as you walk out onto the drive lane of the traditional hunt, you feel it. Spirit.

Statement of Significance

"The significance of the landscape of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump lies in its cultural, archaeological, and scientific interest.

The deep layers of bison bones buried below the cliff represent nearly 6000 years of use of the buffalo jump by Aboriginal people of the Northern Plains. This landscape is an outstanding illustration of subsistence hunting techniques that continued into the late 19th century and which still form part of the 'traditional knowledge base' of the Plains nations. It throws valuable light on the way of life and practices of traditional hunting cultures elsewhere in the world.

Criterion (vi): Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is one of the oldest, most extensive, and best preserved sites that illustrate communal hunting techniques and the way of life of Plains people who, for more than five millennia, subsisted on the vast herds of bison that existed in North America." United Nations Education, Scientific, Cultural Organization, UNESCO.

The story told from the top of the Heritage Site and Museum, begins beautiful and rich in storytelling.

Each level dives deeper in the significance of the Bison/Buffalo for the Blackfoot people.