Cost: $65 and includes two meals, snacks, and snowshoe use
Contact Erik Holland at (701) 328-2792 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Experience and explore winter life at Fort Clark State Historic Site and Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. Join others for a day of activities and learning on Saturday, February 11, 2017. The Winter Adventure Heritage Outbound program is sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
The day begins with snowshoeing (weather permitting) at Fort Clark State Historic Site. Participants should arrive at the Fort Clark State Historic Site parking lot before 10:15 a.m. Central Time. While snowshoeing across the site participants will consider life in an earthlodge village in a discussion of events recorded in the historic record of the area. Topics will include how the Missouri River changed it course, fur traders and business men, painters and naturalists who visited the Mandans and Hidatsas and lived at Fort Clark in the 1830s. Following this invigorating snowshoe adventure, participants will then travel to Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, just north of Stanton, ND.
The Heritage Outbound Winter Adventure will continue with a shared lunch at the Knife River Indian Villages Visitor Center. Participants will spend the afternoon snowshoeing the trails through the Hidatsa villages. The staff of the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site will be available to assist with questions, activities, and guide participants as they appreciate some of the collections of the Knife River sites.
State Historical Society of North Dakota staff Erik Holland and Timothy Reed, will be joined by Chris Floyd and Terry Madden, members of a group of living history devotees called the American Mountain Men will lead activities and provide content during the adventure.
The group will visit Awaitixa Xi=e, or Lower Hidatsa Village, and Awatixa, also known as Sakakawea Village, and will learn about Hidatsa village life and the Knife and Missouri rivers through the lenses of archaeology, history and oral tradition.
Then participants will warm up by comparing traditional hot teas made by the Hidatsa with Chinese black block tea, a favorite hot drink of the fur trade. Other skills will be explored while learning about earthlodge life and investigating objects in the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site interpretive center.
Outside, participants can test their "hunting" skills, as they learn to use atlatls to throw spears at buffalo targets. In past years competition between participants has proven that the group may "go hungry or feast" said Holland, "depending on their newly acquired skills." To assure having energy when traveling participate in making pemmican. To keep warm, participants will strike flint to steel to create sparks for kindling fires, as well as join in other winter activities such as sledding and sliding ice gliders (feathered rib bone darts) in a traditional winter game can.
"Participants will experience an evening in the earthlodge around a crackling fire," said Holland. "This will be an unforgettable evening." Participants will enjoy a traditional feast of bison soup while hearing traditional stories, music and songs by the Allen and Nahish Demeray, enrolled citizens of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation,
This outdoor program requires moderate physical activity and is recommended for ages 12 and older. Participants are responsible for their own warm clothing.
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