North Dakota Eclectics


Prior to the arrival of Europeans and Americans, the area that was to become North Dakota was inhabited by a number of Native American tribes, particularly in the early to middle historic periods, as many of them were forced out of other parts of the continent.

There were six tribes of Native Americans who made their way to what was later to become North Dakota. Four of them were primarily agricultural, accustomed to living in permanent homes, tilling their fields of corn, turnips and squash. These were the Mandans, the Hidatsas, the Arikaras, and the Cheyenne. The other two tribes were the Sioux and the Chippewas, who were more nomadic in nature.

In large part, the agricultural tribes were the more peaceful, content to tend to their own affairs, while the Sioux and the Chippewa were more warlike.

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