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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
In the early 1800s, when Lewis and Clark visited the Hidatsas, they lived at the mouth of the Knife River with their close allies the Mandans. The estimated 2,000 Hidatsas farmed the fertile valleys and lived in villages overlooking the river. But in 1837, smallpox struck these village dwellers and diminished their numbers by half. The remainder of Hidatsas and Mandans decided to leave their homes and journey north, settling in Like-a-Fishhook village. In 1885, the Hidatsas moved again, this time settling in Independence, North Dakota.
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