Iniskim, Return of the Buffalo

Date(s) - Thu Aug 11
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm


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Looking for a unique, outdoor performance this summer in the mountains that is entertaining for nature lovers of all ages?

You are invited to Quarry Lake Park in Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi (Canmore) on the evening of August 11 to experience ‘Iniskim, Return of the Buffalo’.

This live, outdoor storytelling event utilizes lantern sculpture, puppetry, spoken word, and traditional Blackfoot and Stoney songs, dance and drumming to share the story of the plains bison — an important animal ecologically, culturally and historically.

See the story of sleeping buffalo, of stone buffalo. It is a story of human folly and ofNa’pi (‘Old Man’) — known as the trickster in Blackfoot people’s culture — who has hidden the buffalo in the mountains. It is both a gathering and a teaching that shines light and truth upon the land.

This special performance by the Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry, with creative direction from members of the Blood Tribe (Kainai) and Stoney Nakoda First Nations, and guidance from Elders, celebrates the Buffalo and the species’ reintroduction into the natural ecosystem of Banff National Park.

Tickets are free, but space is limited. Register now to secure your spot!

Event details
Location: Quarry Lake Park – Spray Lakes Road, Canmore, Alberta
Date: Thursday, August 11, 2022
Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. MST – Showtime will commence at sunset

This event is free and open to all; however, space is limited and registration is required.

RSVP to attend for free

What to bring:

  • Cushions or blankets to sit on (viewing area is sloped)
  • Appropriate footwear and clothing for the short walk from check-in to the performance space through a meadow and dirt pathway
  • Water and/or snacks
  • Insect repellant
  • Headlamp or flashlight

If possible, we strongly urge folks to carpool or consider walking or biking to Quarry Lake Park to reduce traffic and parking congestion.

The story of the buffalo is a starting point for cultural exchange, and their return is a significant moment pointing toward healing and a better way forward. The return of the buffalo is also an important ecological moment, helping us to learn more about our shared connection to the land, and to the many beautiful facets of nature.