North Dakota Local Customs

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North Dakota Local Customs

  • State Flower – Wild Prairie Rose

    The Wild Prairie Rose is the North Dakota State Flower and was approved by the Legislative Assembly in 1907. The flower has five bright pink petals with a tight cluster of yellow stamens in the centre. The Wild Prairie Rose grows along roadsides, in pastures, and in native meadows.

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  • State Bird – Western Meadowlark

    Sturnella neglectaThe Western Meadowlark became the state bird of North Dakota in 1947, At the time of its adoption as the state bird, the western meadowlark was referred to simply as the “meadowlark.". Meadowlarks are members of the blackbird family. The meadowlark sports a yellow breast with a black bib over its mottled brown body. Meadowlarks...

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  • North Dakota Roadside Humor

    The people of North Dakota live in one of the least populated parts of the United States with some of the worst weather, but you certainly can't say they don't have a great sense of humor. Along the highways of North Dakota you will find numerous huge fiberglass sculptures of cows, prairie chickens, buffalo and other creatures - put there just for...

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  • Adam and Eve are not Indigenous

    How can we be certain Adam and Eve were not indigenous but outsiders like the white people who came to this island of ours, asked an Indian on my last visit to North Dakota Reservation..Adam and Eve, those guys who ate the apple and found themselves in trouble with the snake, right? I professed my ignorance in matters christian..If they were...

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  • Down and out in North Dakota

    Someone built this farmhouse out of sturdy materials, but the years of neglect and the ravages of time and weather have taken their toll. I'm sure that the original occupants had high hopes that their hard work and toil would one day reap a just reward. Unfortunately, there is not much wealth to be had farming the harsh climate of North Dakota.

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  • Don't doubt the patriotism of North...

    My feeling is that the typical North Dakotan is fiercely independent and fiercely patriotic. In the hinterlands the only reasonable method of heating the home during the winter months is a large tank of propane. Most such propane tanks are a ghastly gray. This family has taken the time to show their colors--even though there are only a handful of...

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  • Buffalo hide painting

    Buffalo hides were painted by the men of the Hidatsa tribe (and other northern plains indian nations). The resulting artwork might portray an autobiographical story of the man's life or perhaps a dream sequence or maybe just a tribute to the spirits. One can imagine working on the tough buffalo hides all winter long as blizzards and sub-zero...

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  • Be wary of wearisome tour guides

    We were led to believe by the rangers that the only access to On-A-Slant Village was by a guided group tour. We patiently waited and were blessed with a group that included a two year old and several four and five year olds. Apparently, the tour guide had been taught to talk down to the lowest intellectual level present in the group. Therefore, we...

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  • The short life of Fort Abraham Lincoln

    This frontier calvary outpost was established in 1872. The high plains was the scene of bitter conflict between the U.S. army and the remnants of the plains indians. George Custer rode out from this fort to his demise at Little Big Horn. By 1891 the conflicts were a memory and the fort was de-commissioned. The buildings were left to rot and nothing...

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  • Rudimentary fortifications

    Reconstruction is under way on the simple pole walls that encircled the perimeter of the village. The portion shown here would have been maybe one thirtieth the size of the actual walls. The Mandans were not warriors. They plied the Missouri River with goods and were a trading society. Yet any successful town would have had to guard against attack...

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  • Looking out from an earthlodge

    It was a good ten degrees cooler inside the lodge than outside under the blaring mid-summer sun. The earthlodges sat cheek-by-jowl to each other with just a few feet separating the lodges. The resulting effect must have looked something like an inverted egg carton.Lewis and Clark camped here in 1804, but the Mandans had moved far upriver by that...

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  • Entrance to earthlodge at On-A-Slant...

    The Mandan earthlodges were very efficient homes. The mounds of earth piled on top of the planks of wood provided excellant cooling in the summer and extraordinary protection from the harsh winter. A buffalo hide curtained the entry way and probably provided as much insulation as our modern storm doors. The earthlodges were big enough to house an...

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  • We are not similiar to the...

    We are not similiar to the characters in the movie Fargo. So don't be mistaken. I would advise you to drive with your doors locked while driving through indian reservations. They are not by any means safe.

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  • Dumb North Dakota LawsBeer and...

    Dumb North Dakota LawsBeer and pretzels can't be served at the same time in any bar or restaurant.It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.It is legal to shoot an Indian on horseback, provided you are in a covered wagon.FargoOne may be jailed for wearing a hat while dancing, or even for wearing a hat to a function where dancing...

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