UND Center for Community Engagement

Larrie-Day 3

In Students' Reflections on March 16, 2011 at 8:15 pm

For me, today was an Indigenous day, visiting the Knife River Indian Villages Historic Site at Stanton and the Three Affiliated Tribes Museum at Ft. Berthold.

The tour traced the origins of American Indians dating back 11,000 years and concluded at day’s end with the blended Tribal community of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nations.

Stories of history and culture flowed throughout the day. In Stanton, we stood near the spot where Sakakawea lived and where Lewis and Clark wintered. We stood in the Earth Lodge where time seemed to stand still. We heard the explanations of artifacts, totally unknown to most students of today. We heard how the Friends of the Park organized community support of the park with educational programs and fundraising through the Seven Trails Trading Post.

In New Town, Museum historian, Calvin Grinnell, gave us a tour and responded to interviews about the showcases and about Tribal history. We learned that both museums that we visited today collaborate to support the Knife River “Friends” and promote tourism to the areas.

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