People of the Earthlodge; Lifeways of the Hidatsa (Free)

by  Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

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Park Rangers describe the home of the Tribes of the Northern Great Plains from inside of a lifesize replica earthlodge. They also describe the roles and responsibilities of people within the community, trade relations and the effects of trade on technology used by the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara during the 1800s.

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45 minutes, or other length by request

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

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Maximum participants:

No Maximum Number of Participants

Primary Disciplines

International, Literacy, Performing Arts, Reading, Social Studies/History, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Microsoft Teams

Watch the 13 minute Park film here: https://www.nps.gov/knri/learn/photosmultimedia/multimedia.htm

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Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

Stanton, ND
United States

Explore the lives of the Northern Plains Indians on the Upper Missouri. Earthlodge people hunted bison and other game, but were in essence farmers living in villages along the Missouri and its tributaries. The site was a major Native American trade center for hundreds of years prior to becoming an important market place for fur traders after 1750.
The US National Park Service conserves the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife of more than 400 units covering more than 84 million acres in all 50 States

Darian Kath
7017453300 ext, 1201

Program Details


1. This program begins with a brief introduction to the Knife River Indian Villages for first time visitors.
2. We then discuss the rolls and responsibilities of the people within the village.
3. Next we move into the American Indian uses of the buffalo while viewing actual parts, and the items made from those parts.
4. Finally time is allowed for questions and answers.


• Explain Hidatsa/Mandan/Arikara Lifeways: Archeological Connections to the Knife River Indian Villages
• Describe village life of the Hidatsa and Mandan groups during the peak of their culture in the early 19th century.
• Compare what we know from archaeology about the seasonally nomadic Plains Villagers with the more popularized film and textbook history of nomadic horse-culture Indians such as the Lakota and Cheyenne.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

• Understands family life now and in the past, and family life in various places long ago.
• Understands the history of the local community and how communities in North America varied long ago.

NSS-USH.5-12.4 ERA 4: EXPANSION AND REFORM (1801-1861)
• Understands United States territorial expansion between 1801 and 1861,and how it affected relations with external powers and American Indians.
• Understands how the industrial revolution, increasing immigration, the rapid expansion of slavery, and the westward movement changed the lives of Americans and led toward regional tensions.
• Understands the extension, restriction, and reorganization of political democracy after 1800.
• Understands the sources and character of cultural, religious, and social reform movements in the antebellum period.