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Exploring Wild Alberta and Aboriginal Culture  

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On February 11th, Audrey took me to Royal Alberta Museum. Wild Alberta and Aboriginal Culture are my favorite galleries.

The moment we entered Wild Alberta, I couldn’t help breaking into exclamations. I was thrilled to see so many wild animals I had never seen before. It was amazing that the dioramas of the animals and their habitats looked so vivid and lifelike. It was at that moment that I felt words’ inadequacy. “Amazing, wonderful, interesting”… such words burst out of my tongue, but all of them were that inadequate for such wonders. It seemed as if we were riding in a Time Machine, passing through boreal, prairies, parklands, mountains and water zones of Alberta and enjoying a feast for the eyes. Of all the animals, the Moose impressed me most. It is the largest member of the deer family in the world. In Alberta, Moose can grow up to 2 m tall and can weigh more than 500 kg despite their modest diet of small plants and the twigs and bark of trees. (See the picture 2.)

Then the wheel of history drove us back to the Aboriginal tribes of ancient times. The Aboriginal people were living a self-sufficient life. The First Nations survived by fishing and hunting the buffalo (See picture 3), which provided them with food, clothing and tools; the Inuit--- by hunting seals, whales and other polar animals; and the Metis (another group of aboriginal people who emerged when French fur traders married Indian women) ---by the fur trade. Looking at those dioramas, I can’t help imagining what I was doing if I were one of the members of the, say, First Nations. Maybe I was making clothes with the buffalo fur, snuggling up by a fire in a camp. Then, could I get any chance to explore the panorama of Wild Alberta?

With this question on my mind and a smile on my face, we finished our visit of this part.


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