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Discover Saskatchewan

Have you ever wanted to become an explorer in your own province? Even your own town or city? Join along and discover special spots in Saskatchewan that satisfy your tourist urges. Written and Photography by Jenn Smith Nelson

Wanuskewin: – educational, entertaining and enriching Sometimes you don’t have to go far to discover something new, or in this case something very old. A mere 5 kilometers outside of Saskatoon city limits will transport visitors to a place where ‘discovering’ is a main component of what a visit will entail. Wanuskewin Heritage Park offers visitors the ability to immerse themselves in the land’s dynamic past and learn about the people that resided there thousands of years ago. It is estimated that people have been gathering at Wanuskewin for the past 6000 to 8000 years. Since the 1930s archeological digs have taken place on the park’s site. Professional digs continue today. The excavation project at Wanuskewin is one of the longest running in Canada. During spring and summer months, park visitors can observe university students taking part in active excavations. Through various programming that includes cooking, art gallery tours, exploration, ecology, and traditional arts, crafts and dance to name a few, those who visit can reconnect with the natural (past and present) environment. This past month, once again with the boys in tow, I visited Wanuskewin. As we drove into the park a lined row of tipi frames led the way. Tall and sculptural, the minimalistic design of the frames was beautiful, so we stopped to take in the scenic landscape. As we walked up to the building, the feeling of being led inward continued as sculptures of a bison hunt directing us inside. The building, called Newo Asinyak, which means four stones in Cree, sits on one of the main bison jump sites once used in the area. Once inside, you are still drawn to keep moving forward (as the bison once did) and you will end up at a row of windows that overlook the valley. You have been led here for a reason. It marks the spot where many bison met their ultimate demise. Lucky for us we were not being hunted! In fact, we were warmly welcomed. One of the best things I have to say about our visit is that the staff exuded such passion and enthusiasm for the park. They took true care and were extremely informative. It was clear that they are practiced storytellers. Our first activity was a video orientation which explained the history and significance of the park. Now, in theory I understand why 18 |

FOR SASKATCHEWAN WOMEN | VOL. 2 ISSUE 3, MARCH 2013

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