Education Day set at Whitestone site
The annual Education Day will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Whitestone Hill State Historic Site located near Kulm, Edgeley, and Ellendale. Programs are targeted toward students in grades 4-6 studying North Dakota history, but the public is also invited to attend. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch and water.
This free event will feature several learning stations on topics such as erecting a tipi, tipi etiquette, Dakota hand games, Native bow hunting, uses of the bison, wetlands ecology, beadwork, and the history of the site.
The keynote presentation shortly after noon will be by Lakota hoop dancer Kevin Locke.
“Because the event is designed to appeal to children with immersive activities, it’s a powerful opportunity for anyone to learn about traditional Dakota and Lakota culture,” said South Region Historic Sites Manager Rob Hanna. “In one day you can help set up a tipi, play traditional games, and hear Lakota music and language.”
Whitestone Hill State Historic Site is managed by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. It can be reached by traveling from Kulm south 12 miles on North Dakota State Highway 56, then east 4 miles on a gravel road, then north nearly 2 miles to the site. The site is a place of remembrance for the 100 to 300 people, mostly Dakotas and Lakotas, who were killed there in early September 1863.
For more information, contact Hanna, 701-328-3508.