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Knife River Indian Villages

North Dakota's wonderful Historical Site

The northern plains Indians are the subject of this wonderful national historical site.

It is located near Stanton, North Dakota about 1 hour's drive north-west of Bismarck.

There are, at the Knife River Indian Villages National Historical Site, visible remains of earth-lodge dwellings, pits and travois trails.

The remains of the earth-lodge dwellings can be seen as large circular depressions in the ground. These dwellings were as large as 40 feet (12 m) in diameter. And a lot were once large enough to host up to 20 families, a few horses, and dogs.

The dwellings were constructed at ground level. As the dwellings were abandoned the walls and roof collapsed and created the visible outer circular rim.

Here are some thing to do at the site:

Walk down the Village Trail (1.3 mi/2.1km) and see the remains of the Awatixa Xi'e Village (Lower Hidatsa Site) and Awatixa Village (Sakakawea Site). There is a loop at the second village site that includes a walk along the Knife River.

You can also watch the orientation film Maxidiwiac about the life of Buffalo Bird Woman who lived at the Knife River Indian Villages

Explore the museum and learn about the history and culture of the Hidatsa people. The exhibits feature artifacts recovered from the village sites as well as decorative arts of
Northern Plains Indians.

Head outside to see the full scale reconstructed Earthlodge, Hidatsa garden, and drying racks.

Author: EVM STAFF on 02/19 2015
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