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Aug 19, 2011 - Sacagawea

My trip is now starting to get really interesting. Up until now many sites have been closed or they are just conjecture--Lewis & Clark were somewhere in the area. Starting on Wednesday I've been able to visit actual confirmed historic sites. The most interesting is the Knife River Historic Site which consists of three distinct Hidatsa Indian villages dating back to the 18th century before any contact with the whites. The villages no longer exist, of course, but the mounds where their distinct earth lodges were are still clearly...

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Jul 10, 2009 - Knife River Indian Villages

I found out about this Historic Site by reading the newspaper from the Theodore Roosevelt NP. I planned on spending an hour at the most, but ended up spending almost 3 hours here! I got there in time to listen to a ranger explain about the life of the Northern Plains Indians from hundreds of years ago all the way to current times. She took us to a replica of an earthlodge that the women built and owned, with help from the men. These were their summer homes. Winter homes were smaller and not so durable, as they were meant to last only one...

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