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 9, 2013. The Winter Adventure Heritage Outbound program is sponsored by the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, the Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation, the State Historical Society of North Dakota, and the North Dakota Geological Survey.
The day will begin with a snowshoeing experience at Fort Clark State Historic Site. For this, adventurers should arrive at the parking lot at Fort Clark before 10:15 a.m. Central Time. On the trail, we will discuss various historic maps of the area and how the Missouri River has changed its course. Another topic will include recent archaeological work conducted in the summer of 2012.
On this date in 1835, F. A. Chardon, head trader at Fort Clark, sent a dog train to the Hidatsa villages at the Knife River. Although we will be at both Fort Clark and the Hidatsa villages we will not be taking the “canine express!” Instead we will return to our cars and caravan to Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, just north of Stanton, North Dakota.
The Heritage Outbound winter adventure will continue with a shared meal with fellow adventurers at the Knife River Indian Villages Visitor Center. Then, spend the afternoon snowshoeing the trails through the Hidatsa villages with State Historical Society of North Dakota staff Erik Holland and Timothy Reed, and John Hoganson of the North Dakota Geological Survey. The group will visit Awaitixa Xi'e, or "Lower Hidatsa Village" and Awatixa also known as "Sakakawea Village." Share a trail snack while learning about Hidatsa village life and the Knife and Missouri Rivers through the lenses of archaeology, geology, history and oral tradition.
Back at the visitors center you will be able to warm up with hot chocolate as you learn how striking flint to steel can create a spark from which a fire can be kindled. and check out your skills using atlatls to throw spears or compete with fellow adventurers using ice gliders.
Later gather around a roaring fire in the earthlodge, where a traditional feast is served for your enjoyment. An unforgettable evening continues with traditional words from Cory Spotted Bear and Matt Schanandore playing American Indian flute music while relating stories taught to him by his grandmother.
The region of the Knife River Indian Villages, located at the confluence of the Knife and Missouri Rivers, was for centuries the center of agricultural settlement and trade. Our adventure will visit Awaitixa Xi'e, or Lower Hidatsa Village, and Awatixa also known as Sakakawea Village. For more information about this site, visit www.nps.gov/knri.
This outdoor program requires moderate physical activity and is recommended for ages 12 years and older. Participants are responsible for their own warm clothing. A memorable and safe experience for all participants is our goal. Warm drinks and indoor alternatives will be available throughout the day.
Registration is $65 per person. The fee includes two hearty meals, use of snowshoes, all activity supplies, and presentations. To register click https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=4288190092 and follow the steps. Payment in full is required at the time of registration. No refunds are available unless the event is cancelled due to weather. The registration deadline is end of day, February 1, 2013, and is limited to 21 people, on a first come, first served basis.
The Winter Adventure Heritage Outbound program is sponsored by the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, the Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation, the State Historical Society of North Dakota, and the North Dakota Geological Survey.
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