Indigenous Spaces & Places

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View of the traditional location of the legend of the Medicine Man’s Hat where Ross Creek meets the South Saskatchewan River. 

Medicine Hat inherited its name from the native word “Saamis” which is loosely translated as “medicine man’s hat.” Several legends tell this story, one of which is beautifully depicted in a sculptured brick mural at City Hall. The legend tells of a winter with great famine and hardship for the Blackfoot nation. The elders of the Council chose a young man to save his tribe from starvation.

Carlee EaglePlume, Youth Coordinator for the Miywasin
Friendship Centre, looks up at the storyboard reflecting
the Signing Of Treaty Seven at the Saamis Tepee.


spaces & places

The Miywasin Friendship Centre and partners created a self-guided tour of some of Medicine Hat’s Historic Indigenous Spaces. Find more information on each spot by visiting the following locations and sites. 

Medicine Hat Miywasin Story Tour.

Miywasin story tour

Experience Medicine Hat’s Indigenous history through our local guide’s eyes. An integral part of the preservation and expression of culture in Indigenous communities woven with social and political commentary.



Within the circle of the Tepee, ten illustrated storyboards are visible. These boards were all hand-painted and represent a variety of influences and history of First Nations heritage.