Social Studies

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It's All Earth and Sky | Religious Traditions

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The preservation of religious traditions is discussed, including a unique hail avoidance measure. Arthur Flegel believes that religion is the mainstay of society.

Red River Land | History of Travel | Early Travel

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Erling Rolfsrud teaches how transportation in the Red River Valley started with walking and became more and more complex.  Early Native tribes in the Red River Valley developed moccasins, snowshoes, toboggans, canoes, travois, and other means for getting around and carrying goods.

Indian Pride | Tribal Relations | Part 2

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JuniKae Randall interviews Edward Thomas, president of the Tlingit and Haida Central Council of Alaska, about tribal relationships with the United States government.

Indian Pride | Tribal Relations | Part 3

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Billy Daniels Jr. of Forest County Potawatomi, Wisconsin, tells his favorite story about the Sun and the Wind.

Fort Buford: Splendid Isolation | Part 2

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The U.S. Army hired single women to become “laundresses” at the military forts in the West. These women were considered part of the army and lived on the fort. Soldiers would court laundresses and together they would have social events.  Officers’ wives and children could also live at the fort.

Indian Pride, Gaming: Part 3

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 Mary Louise Defender Wilson of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota tells a traditional story to a group of young people. 

Lewis and Clark Pathways | Earth Lodges

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Gardening was central to Mandan life, as were their large earthen lodges.  Imposing dwellings of cottonwood and sod, the lodges housed an extended family and horses. As part of the matriarchal Mandan society, each woman built and maintained her lodge, into which her new husband moved after marriage.

Indian Pride | Culture, Traditions, and Celebrations | Part 1

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Various speakers discuss Native American culture, tradition, and celebrations, from the Mohegan Tribe in Connecticut to the Forest County Potawatomi of Wisconsin.

Indian Pride, Heroes: Part 1

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JuniKae Randall hosts a collection of interviews about Native American heroes. Grace Thorpe, Sac and Fox Tribe, Oklahoma, speaks about world famous athlete Jim Thorpe, and the 1912 Olympics. Lyle St. Goddard, Blackfeet, is a firefighter from Glacier National Park in Montana who talks about the Chief Mountain Hotshots, one of the few Native American firefighting hotshot crews. Senator Byron Dorgan from North Dakota discusses the need to celebrate well-known Native American historical leaders such as Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, and Chief Joseph.

Indian Pride, Heroes: Part 2

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JuniKae Randall interviews Billy Mills, 1964 Olympic gold medalist, about his heroes. He shares a traditional teaching, and talks about his personal family heroes, including his wife Pat. He also honors Olympic decathlon athlete Buster Charles, Oneida, Wisconsin who went to Flandreaux Indian School and St. Joseph's Indian School; and John Ecohawk, Pawnee, Executive Director of the Native American Rights Fund. 

Prairie Places | Powers Reserved to the People

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The power of the people is discussed in terms of the initiative and the referendum. 

WWII Prairie Memories | “We Had an Obligation to Protect our Country”

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Students will comprehend interviews with Sailor and Former Governor William L. Guy, Fargo; Marine Arthur Olien, Oakes, ND; Canadian Air Forceman Alex Godkin, Morris, MB; Navy pilot Stewart Bass and Army Captain Thomas McMahon, both of Fargo, ND; and Canadian sailor Colin McKenzie, Winnipeg, MB.

World War II veterans are extraordinary – their bravery inspires us and their sacrifices secured the freedoms we treasure. WWII Prairie Memories is an important collection of veteran voices, a precious piece of history, that communicates the personal challenges and spiritual experience that define this generation of heroes. All three episodes are compilations of selected veteran narratives recorded at these locations: Veterans Bonanzaville USA, West Fargo ND; ND Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora ND; Prairie Public Studios, Fargo ND; Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center, Moorhead MN; and Morris Legion, Morris MB.

The Germans from Russia | Traditional Food

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Watch as a German woman from Russia prepares sauerkraut streudel with her daughter and serves her family. The Germans from Russia: Children of the Steppe, Children of the Prairie is the story of the Germans from Russia -- agricultural pioneers on several continents whose quest for land and peace shaped them into a distinctive and enduring ethnic group.

Jefferson on Lewis and Clark | Part 1

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Clay Jenkinson, a scholar of the humanities and author, portrays Thomas Jefferson.

In this clip President Jefferson reflects on his personal life, presidential service, and the Lewis and Clark Expedition, particularly the Mandan and Hidatsa tribes they encountered.

Jefferson on Lewis and Clark | Part 3

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Clay Jenkinson, a scholar of the humanities and author, portrays Thomas Jefferson.

In this clip Mr. Jefferson answers an audience member’s question about covering the costs of the Louisiana Purchase and talks about his fiscal policies.

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