History in the Hills 2016 - May 31- June 3! Over 2000 students set to visit!  Schools can book in from now up to May 20, 2016! 

Providing an EXQUISITE  educational opportunity where students can experience the History of the Cypress Hills set in traditional Blackfoot lands!

Early-bird Registration begins April 4,2016. 

Registration must be paid prior to the event. $20/person (under 2 yr old free)

If you are one of the first 5 schools book 100 students, your school wins copies of David Bouchard's "7 Teachings" set of 2 books: 

Seven Sacred Teachings and companion book Dreamcatcher and the Seven Deceivers (retail value $60)! 


In Loving Memory of Desiray "RayRay" Wapass 1994-2013

Desiray was a girls fancy dancer and volunteer with History in the Hills for 4 years up until her passing in 2013! We thank you Desiray for your wonderful contributions to History in the Hills!

New this year gift items for sale!

“History in the Hills”

Is set in a traditional camp circle around the archeological dig, is a partnership that comes together in this traditional Blackfoot territory to celebrate Aboriginal culture from an historic perspective, providing a time-line from time immemorial to recent contact with Occidental cultures set in the beautiful Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park – Alberta.

History in the Hills carries the visitors back in time to experience the beauty of Aboriginal history in the Cypress Hills and allows the artistic mind to operate in unison with the ancestors.   This production allows participants to engage in First Nations cultures (Blackfoot Confederacy, Nakoda/Assiniboine, Cree)and Metis to connect with traditions that evolved from the connecting cultures.  The North West Mounted Police role circa 1870 is well depicted.  The dig site and the archaeologists from the University of Calgary, take visitors further back, over 8000 years and prove Aboriginals inhabited the area showing camp fires in the dig every 100 years in almost the same location and the changes that occurred within that environment. Visitors learn environmental awareness and respect, are educated on the flora and fauna of the area, watch a hide tanning demonstration and have a fry bread (bannock) snack.  In this broad cultural experience set in traditional Blackfoot country, visitors will have an opportunity to take part in a traditional round dance. 

Available through vendors on site:

  • Crafts kits (class set of 30/$75) a
  • bannock mix (2 cups-yields  1 doz./$3 a bag)  will be for sale on site
  • books
  • gifts store - various pieces of art and crafts professional quality, small items 


School Group Bookings: 

Regular HIH programming runs May 31-June 3 , 2016 (we can open up other days if you group is large enough)

The venues are open for school and community group bookings.  The format has numerous interpretive stations(tipis, trapper tents, shelters) set up in a circle, each with a different historical focus.  These are visited on a rotation schedule of approximately 20 minutes each with 25-35 people per venue. Cost $20/person. Participants are guaranteed to visit 10 of 15 venues. Please call for more information.


History in the Hills Venues

  • Archeological Dig re-enactment of a dig
  • Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
  • Metis Trapping and Hide Tanning
  •  2 Blackfoot Culture (Writing On Stone and Blackfoot Crossing)
  • 2 Cree Culture - traditional dancing and drumming
  • Northwest Mounted Police(Fort Walsh)
  • Tipi pole harvesting
  • Traditional Games
  • Inuit Culture
  • Storytelling: Seven Sacred Teaching and the Dreamcatcher and the 7 Deceivers
  • Mini Powwow to close out each day!           
  • Traditional dancers will be performing in the central staging area followed by a round dance.
  • Bannock and a drinks are available at the bannock station free at a rate of 1 per participant additional bannock must be pre-ordered at going rates
  • Crafts, books and bannock mix will be for sale at the Bannock venue!!!


There are restaurants and stores in the town site, 1 km away

Porta-potties on site, participants must bring their own water

To act as a volunteer please see "contact us" tab

 Within this beautiful setting will be an arrangement of tipis, available for overnight camping.

Elkwater is a dark sky preserve so this is an excellent opportunity to view the night sky. Costs to be negotiated based on meals and night sky programming. Group cabins are  available upon request. Campers must provide their own bedding and toiletries.