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Address: 564 County Road 37, Stanton, ND, ND 58571
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Excellent representation of Hidatsa history

Nice museum and an interesting video about an Hidatsa woman's life. Then, with a ranger, toured the earthen lodge and gardens. Also took a nice hike to the second village area... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2016
Pasadena, California
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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Nice museum and an interesting video about an Hidatsa woman's life. Then, with a ranger, toured the earthen lodge and gardens. Also took a nice hike to the second village area, which shows circles in the earth where many earthen lodges were located.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

There was no signage at the entrance to the exhibit on the highway by the center. No cost. On the small side. Did have mound lodges to go into. Nice fur exhibits.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

There is a great video that dramatizes the life of a 19th century Hidatsa woman, based on her own words as recorded by an interviewer when she was old. Together with a reconstructed earth lodge, it really makes the archeological sites come alive. The walk to the village sites is level and well paved and takes you through a lovely... More 

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Divide, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

the visit to the Knife River Indian Site was an excellent chance to experience a mound house and understand the Hidatsa as they were 200 years ago before they were swept away by the white mans disease and expansion it is stunning to think that little 12 year old Sacajawea was snatched from her family 600 miles away at the... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

We originally went to Knife River to see the re-created earth lodges - which were awesome - but we learned so much more. I don't always recommend the movies at National Park visitor centers, but I would not miss this one. The story of Buffalo Bird Woman's memories added texture to the site. The ranger we met had a great... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

A bit out of the way but worth a stop if you are in the area. Ranger was very knowledgeable. We learned more about tribal history, trading patterns and daily life than at other sites. Easy one mile walk to get an idea of the size and layout of the villages. Allow about 1- 1 1/2 hours. Not many meal... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

There is no reconstructed village to see, no costumed living history. But the large dents in the ground that you might just drive past without noticing are actually the remains of whole villages. Mandan and Hidatsa lived in earth lodges shaped like overturned bowls, with a sunken floor. Even more exciting, one of these dimples in the earth was once... More 

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Westchester, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

This was one of my favorite stops in North Dakota. The park rangers were very informative and helpful. The exhibits were fantastic. But the ultimate was the earthlodge that the park service reconstructed on the site and how they meticulously decorated the inside with items the Indians used during that time. Fascinating to walk down to the Knife River on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

My son and I stopped here for a little "field trip". We live about 80 miles away and happened to be in the area. The ranger working was extremely helpful. Started the short film for use, asked if we had any questions and went thru all the animal furs/hides with us. We outside to see the earthen lodge. I do... More 

Thank Kari G
Monroeville, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Stopped here as a part of our ND trip. While an interesting NPS, with very helpful rangers - by itself I would call this only an average site. Not a lot to see outside the park building. The better, and related, site the the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center which is nearby

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