Hills of Home

Drumheller, Alberta plays an important role in regional, provincial and Canadian identity. The town operated as a centre for coal mining and resource extraction in the Albertan hinterland for decades beginning in the late nineteenth century. Professional and amateur paleontologists began discovering fossil specimens in the area, making Drumheller synonymous with dinosaurs. With the eventual establishment of the Royal Tyrell Museum, Drumheller’s economy shifted from coal mining to tourism in the mid-twentieth century. Drumheller and the Dinosaur Valley’s historical and unusual landscape fosters a unique identity in the region, inspiring both fictional and factual anecdotes. These anecdotes create pervasive cultural narratives that have woven themselves into civic imaginings. Our artistic intent is to explore the liminal space between the reality and the lore of the town through photography, 3d printing, artifacts and archival research. We will examine the town as a living and organic entity of cultural, natural and colonial heritage. We will question and examine the boundaries of the collective understandings of Drumheller as a dreamscape and its designation as national and provincial historic site. This project was made possible by the generous support of the CALQ.

This series is being produced with the collaboration of Marianne R. Williams.


Marianne R. Williams is a cultural information professional based in Fayetteville, Arkensas. She is interested in collaborative curatorial projects focused on notions of the archive and primary document research.