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

    Knife River Indian Villages

    National Historic Site North Dakota

Northern Great Plains Culture Fest

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Date: July 25, 2011
Contact: Dorothy Cook, 701-745-3300

 

Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site presents the 30th annual Northern Great Plains Culture Fest Saturday and Sunday, July 30th -31st, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CDT.

Daily demonstrations will cover a variety of topics including: beadwork, quillwork, pottery, atlatl throwing, rope making, Arikara History, flint knapping, fur trade history, and flute music.

Children can participate in activities between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.Each child can make their own beaded corncob keychain.Both children and adults can try their hand at building a half-scale earthlodge at 10:00 a.m. and participate in traditional Mandan-Hidatsa games between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Saturday formal presentation schedule:

11:00 a.m.Pearl Schneider Medicine Bag & Dreamcatcher

12:00 p.m.Charles Garcia Beaded Portraits

1:00p.m.Matt Schanandore Mandan Flute Music

2:00p.m.Gary AndersonEarly Fur Traders

3:00 p.m.Erik Holland Words from the Traders

Sunday formal presentation schedule:

11:00 a.m.Pearl Schneider Medicine Bag & Dreamcatcher

12:00 p.m.Erik Holland Words from the Traders

1:00p.m.Matt Schanandore Mandan Flute Music

2:00p.m.Keith Bear Storytelling

3:00p.m.Dave Swetmon Flint Knapping

Over the past three decades, the event has gone by many names including Fur Trade Days, Village Indian Trade Days, Northern Plains Indian Culture Fest, and is now called the Northern Great Plains Culture Fest.

Superintendent Wendy Ross says, "Join us as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Northern Great Plains Culture Fest.This fun and educational event gives visitors a glimpse into the many cultures associated with the Knife River Indian Villages."

The Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation will have bison burgers and sandwiches, corn, hot dogs, fry bread, and cold drinks for sale.

Bring your lawn chairs, water, and sunscreen, and plan to spend the day at Culture Fest!For more information, please call the park at (701) 745-3300.

Did You Know?

Bison

There are seventeen archeological sites within the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site that predate the Mandan and Hidatsa Indians?