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Indigenous plaques unveiled throughout Bow Valley – Rocky Mountain Outlook

by ahnationtalk on June 14, 201852 Views

Jun 14, 2018

KANANASKIS – Eight plaques highlighting the Indigenous history of the Bow Valley were unveiled last week at various locations throughout the valley.

Each plaque includes the Stoney name for the location and provides a brief history about the cultural significance of the location.

For example, the plaque at Mount Yamnuska explains to readers that in Stoney the mountain is called Îyâ Mnathka, which means “flat-faced mountain.”

According to the plaque, Stoney Nakoda people do not usually climb mountains because they are considered scared places.

In the event they do climb a mountain, they believe that prior to going up, it is important to have a ceremony with a prayer to ask for the Creator’s permission. This helps prevent disturbing the spirits residing there and ensures a safe and positive experience for the climber.

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