Third Sunday Archeology: Village Life on the Upper Missouri

Painting by George Catlin, "Hidatsa Village, Earth-covered Lodges on the Knife River, 1810 Miles Above St. Louis" 1832. From the George Catlin collection of Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Event Details

Date: January 21, 2018

Times: 2 p.m.

Location: Froiland Science Complex 113A/B (formerly GSC 100)

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public

January's installment of Augustana's Third Sunday Archeology Program will feature speaker Jay Sturdevant, archeologist at the National Park Service's Midwest Archeological Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Sturdevant's discussion on Village Life on the Upper Missouri: the Archeology and History of the Hidatsa will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Froiland Science Complex 113A/B (formerly GSC 100).

The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a question/answer session. Refreshments will be served.

The Hidatsa have lived on the Upper Missouri for millennia. Their lifestyle allowed them to thrive and grow into a densely settled community that was one of the largest in the Americas at the end of the 18th century. Typically known as one of the villages visited by the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery expedition, the people who lived in these communities left a lasting legacy of cultural traditions that continue to this day. This talk will present an overview of the history and archeology of the villages contained within what is today known as Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site in North Dakota.

About Jay Sturdevant

Jay Sturdevant is an archeologist at the National Park Service's Midwest Archeological Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. During his career with the NPS, Sturdevant has worked at more than 40 NPS units throughout the country from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf Coast. His primary research focus has been on the 18th-19th century fur trade on the Northern Great Plains and Great Lakes regions. Sturdevant holds a master's degree in anthropology from the University of Nebraska and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Colorado State University. He is originally from Wahpeton, North Dakota.

This program is funded in part by the David B. Jones Foundation, Augustana University’s Mellon Fund Committee, Augustana’s Archeology Laboratory and the Sioux Falls Chapter of the South Dakota Archaeological Society.

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L. Adrien Hannus
Director, Archeology Lab
Augustana University