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Elaine Kub Contributing Analyst
Wed Aug 7, 2013 10:42 AM CDT

"Often in summer I rise at daybreak and steal out to the cornfields; and as I hoe the corn I sing to it, as we did when I was young. No one cares for our corn songs now."

That's a quote from Buffalo Bird Woman, a Hidatsa Indian woman born in 1839 and brought up when her tribe was still organized into cooperative matrilineal households that were in charge of the tribe's agronomy, lodge construction, and child rearing. Unlike how we usually picture Plains Indians, the Hidatsas and Mandans of the Missouri River Valley in North Dakota weren't nomadic hunters; ...

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