A guided tour around Fort Whoop-Up is a great way to learn about the indigenous culture of the area as well as the illegal whiskey trading that took place.
"As a way to explore the history, cultures, and traditions of the communities that lived in the region during this time, Fort Whoop-Up was created, bringing life to the tribes and traders that called this place home," Harrison said.
The onsite museum opened our eyes to this area’s fascinating past. We got to see inside a tepee learning about the First Nations of this area and how they lived. I knew First Nations hunted for food, but I didn’t know that they captured baby wolves to be used as work animals. The ingenuity of the tribes was fascinating and as we got deeper into the museum, we learned about the introduction of Canadians, Americans, British, and the Métis, which was established mostly through the buffalo robe trade.
As always, fur trading brought money, and money brought whiskey, which was being bootlegged by Americans. As time went on, greed turned the high-quality alcohol into low-quality alcohol, and eventually disrupted the lives of the First Nations people, a lasting issue for many communities to this day. The illegal whiskey trade also contributed to the formation of the North-West Mounted Police, which is now part of the RCMP.