Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Tourism Earth Lodge Village

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Tourism Earth Lodge Village Information

The three affiliated tribes of the Upper Missouri River Valley, the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, perfected the construction of their earth lodge homes over hundreds of years of life on the harsh Northern Plains. Masters of agriculture, the Tribes settled near the fertile banks of the river and built large circular homes 30–60 feet across to accommodate multiple families, typically sisters and their kin.

Construction of the heavily insulated earth and wooden homes was overseen by elder women within the community. Women also managed most of the building, framing the cottonwood posts and rafters and filling the frame with willow branches, dried grasses and thick sod. Each house would take between seven and ten days to build and had to be reconstructed about every ten years. These homes were used until the late 19th century, when timber homes replaced the traditional style, and earth lodges became ceremonial structures.

Today, you can experience these sacred structures at the reconstructed Earthlodge Village on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation near New Town, North Dakota. Located on the picturesque shores of Lake Sakakawea, you can stay the night in an earth lodge, take a trail ride, hear stories of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara peoples from cultural interpreters, and experience living culture at powwows and other events throughout the year.

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Tourism in New Town, ND, offers travelers a unique tourism experience. This experience is embedded in the heritage, oral traditions and history of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara people.  The site is the Earth Lodge Village located west of New Town, ND, on the shore of Lake Sakakawea and along the Killdeer Mountain / Four Bears Scenic Byway.

MHA Tourism will provide a Native American experience with cultural interpretation from interpretive guides and cultural performances available upon request. Rent a tipi for a night, enjoy the scenic beauty, and stimulate your senses by watching cultural presentations and tasting traditional foods.  Experience the living culture and get some exercise, hiking the earth lodge trails, kayak or canoe in Four Bears Bay, bike rentals available. Also, plan on visiting the MHA Museum to complete your visit. Other sites to visit Crows Flies High Look Out Point, 4 Bears Casino and Lodge, 4 Bears Casino Interpretive panels.

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Tourism Earth Lodge Village

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