Speaking Earth – Legend, Land and Languages

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The Ktunaxa Nation is offering an exclusive First Nations experience at the St. Eugene Resort in the spectacular setting of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

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Speaking Earth Haqaⱡpaⱡniʔnam (Hackalth-palth-knee-nam) is a series of extraordinary activities showcasing the Ktunaxa culture, who possess a language unlike any other in history. Their stories and traditions are deeply connected to the land, and the Nation is proud to share their culture and traditions with guests.

Join Ktunaxa nation members for up to two days of storytelling, excitement and enlightenment, based at the St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino. Guests will experience traditional knowledge and culture interpreted by cultural entrepreneurs in a hands-on environment. Hear stories, scrape hides, learn to bead, play traditional games, and other historical locations. And at night, guests may choose to sleep in traditional tipis.

St Eugene Resort & Casino

Day 1: Arrive in Cranbrook

In the morning, fly from Vancouver to Cranbrook followed by a shuttle transfer to the St Eugene Resort and Casino. Check into your room and meet the cultural interpreters, have an overview of your stay and experience orientation.

Sit back, relax and enjoy a dinner provided in the dining room. At your leisure, enjoy the many amenities featured at the resort including a spa, casino, fitness room and pool.

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Day 2: Speaking Earth

Start your day off in the dining room for breakfast and prepare for a day full of activities, learning and discovering! Spend the morning participating in cultural activities.

After lunch, join your cultural guide for a tour of the Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre and St Eugene Mission Building. In the late afternoon, learn about the traditional art of beading that has been passed down from generation to generation.

Complete your day listening to Ktunaxa Elders sharing legends around the campfire and discover the spiritual significance of the land. End your night sleeping under the stars in a traditional teepee.

St Eugene Resort & Casino

Day 3: Depart Cranbrook

Enjoy an early breakfast before your departure. Choose to venture back to Vancouver or continue to explore the iconic Rocky Mountains.

How to get there:

Air Canada (Vancouver to Cranbrook) (YVR – YXC)
https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home.html

Pacific Coastal (Vancouver to Cranbrook) (YVR – YXC)
https://www.pacificcoastal.com

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