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#9 Circle of Cultures, Time of Renewal & Exchange

October 2004
College of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota

The last national signature event of 2004 was Circle of Cultures, commemorating the Lewis & Clark Expedition’s pleasant 1804-1805 winter spent among the Mandans and Hidatsas.

The event, held in October 2004, in partnership between the Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Nation and the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, was based at the College of Mary campus in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Tribal programming includes:

Tribal Partner: Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Nation.

Twin Buttes and White Shield Elementary Schools: Student presentations.

The Art of Karl Bodmer: Rare exhibition of Bodmer’s paintings of American Indians.

Earth Lodge Village: Reconstructed village of four full-sized, authentic earth lodges on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River. At the conclusion of activities, the lodges are dismantled and reassembled in the tribal communities of Mandan, White Shield, Twin Buttes and Mandaree.

Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Scholars and Presenters: Gerard Baker, Amy Mossett, Keith Bear, Calvin Grinnell.

Corps of Discovery II: 200 Years to the Future.