Experience and explore winter life at Fort Clark State Historic Site and Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. Join others for a day of activities and learning on Saturday, February 14, 2015. The Winter Adventure Heritage Outbound program is sponsored by the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, the Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
The day will begin with a snowshoeing experience at Fort Clark State Historic Site. For this, adventurers should arrive at the parking lot at Fort Clark before 10:15 a.m. Central Time. On the trail, we will discuss various historic maps of the area and how the Missouri River has changed its course.
In 1835, F. A. Chardon, head trader at Fort Clark, reported, “Fine pleasant day.” In 1836 he said, “…Snow Storm in the Evening.” With these reports from the past as preparation, adventurers should be prepared for all eventualities. Following our excursion at Fort Clark, we will return to our cars and caravan to Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, just north of Stanton, North Dakota.
The Heritage Outbound winter adventure will continue with a shared meal with fellow adventurers at the Knife River Indian Villages Visitor Center. Then, spend the afternoon snowshoeing the trails through the Hidatsa villages with State Historical Society of North Dakota staff Erik Holland, Wendi Murray, and Timothy Reed. The group will visit Awaitixa Xi'e, or "Lower Hidatsa Village" and Awatixa also known as "Sakakawea Village."
Share a trail snack while learning about Hidatsa village life and the Knife and Missouri Rivers through the lenses of archaeology, history and oral tradition. The region of the Knife River Indian Villages, located at the confluence of the Knife and Missouri Rivers, was for centuries the center of agricultural settlement and trade.. For more information about this site, visit www.nps.gov/knri.
Back at the visitors center you will be able to warm up with hot chocolate as you learn how striking flint to steel can create a spark from which a fire can be kindled - and check out your skills using atlatls to throw spears or compete with fellow adventurers using ice gliders.
Later gather around a roaring fire in the earthlodge, where a traditional feast is served for your enjoyment. An unforgettable evening continues with traditional feast and stories.
This outdoor program requires moderate physical activity and is recommended for ages 12 years and older. Participants are responsible for their own warm clothing. A memorable and safe experience for all participants is our goal. Warm drinks and indoor alternatives will be available throughout the day.
Registration is $65 per person. The fee includes two hearty meals, use of snowshoes, all activity supplies, and presentations. To register click here and follow the steps. Payment in full is required at the time of registration. No refunds are available unless the event is cancelled due to weather. The registration deadline is end of day, February 11, 2015, and is limited to 30 people, on a first come, first served basis.
The Winter Adventure Heritage Outbound program is sponsored by the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, the Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
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