Dr. Ernest G. WalkerChief Archaeologist and Wanuskewin’s Cofounder
Wanuskewin is unique because it represents the sacred relationship between a very special prairie landscape and Pre-Contact bison-hunting cultures over 6,000 years. The archaeological record at Wanuskewin is tangible evidence of this connection and the values these Indigenous peoples attached to this place. These values were not only economic, but social and spiritual as well.
The story of Wanuskewin is about the restoration of grasslands, the return of the bison, and the resurgence of Indigenous Plains culture. Our community came together to tell this story more than 40 years ago. However, this is not just a local story, or even a national one—it’s a story of international importance. This is the hope and promise of Wanuskewin.