On November 22, 2019 U of L researchers went to visit Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park. The facilities were stunning! The park is a National Heritage site on the Siksika reserve in Alberta. It overlooks the beautiful Bow River, from the view inside you can see the location where Treaty 7 was signed on September 22, 1877. Treaty 7 is the agreement made between the Crown and Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, Stoney-Nakoda, and Tsuu Tina nations. The lower level of the building houses a fantastic exhibition about the culture, history, and story of the Blackfoot Confederacy. They also have a amazing website with lots of content and information, its defiantly worth a read if you cannot make it to the site in person. http://www.blackfootcrossing.ca/index.html
On Thursday November 14th, 2019 the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery Staff, some students, and research assistants went to the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. Elder Jerry Potts gave a tour the Niitsitapiisini exhibit. He was involved in creating this space in the Glenbow almost 20 years ago. The space was carefully laid out, taking the visitor through the long history of the Blackfoot peoples.
Find out more about this exhibit here > https://www.glenbow.org/blackfoot/index.htm
After lunch the group was allowed to go into the Collections space. Curator Joanne Schmidt showed objects that are not currently on display. Guests were allowed to look through the drawer and cabinets where the non sacred Blackfoot objects are carefully stored.