Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Alberta - CANADA - UNESCO #158

This is one of the most curious sites in the UNESCO list. More than the rock formations where it stands, this is a World Heritage Site due to the use of this cliffs - the aboriginal hunted buffaloes by scaring a herd and initiating a stampede guiding them to the sharp cliffs (hence the funny name of this site) and that's why nearby there are thousands of skeletons - to be honest I have to admire the courage of those men running and yelling into the herd, probably only armed with stick and stones (thank God for the evolution of civilization that allow me to "hunt" in a supermarket!). Thank again Jason for this awesome double swap that makes my collection reach the 398 WHS (almost touching the 400 threshold), only 583 to finish. This postcard took 10 days to arrive!
In south-west Alberta, the remains of marked trails and an aboriginal camp, and a tumulus where vast quantities of buffalo (American Bison) skeletons can still be found, are evidence of a custom practised by aboriginal peoples of the North American plains for nearly 6,000 years. Using their excellent knowledge of the topography and of buffalo behavior, they killed their prey by chasing them over a precipice; the carcasses were later carved up in the camp below.

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