Wanuskewin Heritage Park & Nutrien Kona Winter Festival in Saskatoon

Wanuskewin Heritage Park is a national historic site and potential UNESCO World Heritage Site near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. For over 6,000 years, Wanuskewin has been a gathering place for Northern Plains Indigenous peoples.

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Wanuskewin Heritage Park is a national historic site and potential UNESCO World Heritage Site near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. For over 6,000 years, Wanuskewin has been a gathering place for Northern Plains Indigenous peoples.

We were fortunate to be able to attend the Nutrien Kona Winter Festival over the Family Day long weekend in February. Wondering about the name? Kona is a Cree word meaning snow. The festival celebrates Indigenous culture and traditional winter activities.
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18 February 2023 at   Wanuskewin, 4 Penner Rd, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3J7, Canada
Warming up by the fire and enjoying traditional Indigenous foods made with local, fresh ingredients.
18 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Wanuskewin, 4 Penner Rd, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3J7, Canada
After near extinction &150 years later the plains bison have been re-introduced to Wanuskewin. These bison are the direct descendants of the original herds that roamed the area.
18 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Wanuskewin, 4 Penner Rd, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3J7, Canada
For thousands or years Wanuskewin was an important hunting ground for the First Nations peoples. Along the trail system one will pass by a bison rubbing stone and buffalo jump.
18 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Wanuskewin, 4 Penner Rd, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3J7, Canada
The park has lots of Indigenous art depicting life on the land, First Nations culture and the natural environment.
18 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Wanuskewin, 4 Penner Rd, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3J7, Canada
In 2019, the first very carefully selected 6 heifers were brought in from the United States. In 2020, the first four calves were born in the park.
18 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Wanuskewin, 4 Penner Rd, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3J7, Canada
The Visitor Centre has several galleries showcasing Indigenous artists and celebrating the cultural history and stories of the First Nations peoples.
18 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Wanuskewin, 4 Penner Rd, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3J7, Canada
Wanuskewin Heritage Park is the most significant pre-contact archeological site in North America. For thousands of years, nearly every First Nations group on the Northern Plains has gathered here.
18 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Wanuskewin, 4 Penner Rd, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3J7, Canada
The Park works closely with the University of Saskatchewan's Archeology Department. In fact, one of the Park's founders Dr. Ernest G. Walker one of the university's archeology professors.
18 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Wanuskewin, 4 Penner Rd, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3J7, Canada
The parks mission is 'To advance the understanding and appreciation of the evolving cultures of the Northern Plains Indigenous peoples.'
18 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Wanuskewin, 4 Penner Rd, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3J7, Canada
According to the park's website, Wanuskewin Heritage Park serves as a reminder of the people's sacred relationship with the land.
18 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Wanuskewin, 4 Penner Rd, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3J7, Canada
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