• Aerial photograph of Big Hidatsa National Historic Landmark, located within Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site.

    Knife River Indian Villages

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Guide to the Earthlodge People

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  • Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

    The People: Pre-1845

    The People:  Pre-1845

    This lesson explores the history of the Three Affiliated Tribes from Pre-1845. Students will learn about Early Villages, Sacagawea, and other people of historic significance who visited the region and villages for exploration and trade. Students will create visual representations or graphic organizers that demonstrate connections among key concepts and ideas as concept maps. See the extensions for an example of a concept map.

  • Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

    Unit Two Subsistence: Nutrition and Health

    Unit Two Subsistence: Nutrition and Health

    Changes in nutritional habits play an important role in overall health and well being. As dietary habits of the Three Affiliated Tribes (TAT) changed from their traditional high vegetable/ high protein diets to those more inclined to high carbohydrates/ high fat, diabetes incidence rose to the rates observed today with at least 89% of TAT members expected to have some form of diabetes by age 55.

  • Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

    Housing: Early Homes

    Housing:  Early Homes

    Students will gain deeper understanding about earth lodge construction by visualizing life in a Hidatsa village through guided imagery and by viewing the building an earth lodge video. They will have an opportunity to design and build their own replica earth lodge.

  • Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

    Section 2 - Clues to the Past

    Section 2 - Clues to the Past

    This section is designed to be taught prior to visiting the park. Teaching this section as a unit prior to the other lessons will prepare students to assimilate more easily information from the rest of the guide.

  • Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

    Section 3 - Tracing the Past

    Section 3 - Tracing the Past

    This section is about the processes of archeology: finding, excavating, analyzing, and interpreting prehistoric archeological data.

  • Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

    Expeditions into Ohio’s Past

    Expeditions into Ohio’s Past

    Developed by Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, this curriculum was intended for grades 3 - 5. However, we encourage teachers and students of all ages to utilize the contents of this guide to help broaden their knowledge of the prehistoric Hopewellian people.

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