Visiting Aisinai'pi National Historic Site - at Writing on Stone Provincial Park in southern Alberta
As part of our journey to understand the heritage of First Nations people, in August, Naomi and I visited the Aisinai'pi National Historic Site. Here, along the Milk River in Southern Alberta is one of the largest concentrations of rock art on the Great Plains of North America. Katyoississtisi, the Sweet Pine Hills which were and are sacred to the Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot) People, can be seen just to the south across the border in Montana. The Aisinai'pi National Historic site is a sacred landscape with special significance to First Nations people, specifically the Siksikaitsitapi. There are spectacular sandstone formations along the Milk River. We walked the Matapiiksi (Hoodoo) Trail to see these formations, and took a special guided tour to see a number of petroglyphs and pictographs (the writing on stone). Some of the these date to the last three hundred years. Others could be as old as 3,500 years old. A few photos from our visit are below.