Buffalo Nations Museum
1 Birch Ave, Banff, AB, T1L 1A8
403-762-2388 Fax: 403-760-2803
This museum showcases the origins of this land explored through inventive and interactive exhibitions.
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Profile Last Updated: March 19, 2008
The appreciation, interpretation, demonstration and display of the First Nations of North America’s cultures, traditions and values are on display at the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, which shows how people of this land lived and adapted prior to their contact with European culture and afterward. The story is told through interpretive exhibitions, artifacts, dioramas and “living picture” displays.
Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum seeks to provide a knowledge and understanding of aboriginal life, which is rich in spirituality and ceremony, stories and legends, and the events of daily existence. The museum collaborates with First Nations performers, musicians, craft workers and artisans to present live performances and demonstrations. Visitors have the opportunity to learn and establish understanding between diverse cultural societies through this artistic exchange. The board of directors is comprised of members of Alberta’s diverse Native Nations, who are seeking to promote understanding and cooperation.
Norman K. Luxton had the lifelong dream of creating a museum to house an aboriginal collection celebrating the culture of the Plains Indians. Construction of the site was completed in 1961, and the museum was sold in 1992 to the Buffalo Nations Cultural Society, which develops its current agenda. The museum continues to flourish as an educational link between the past, the present and the future.