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The Hidatsa lived in the northern Great Plains and established several agricultural villages on the upper Missouri River in North Dakota. They had a complex social organization and elaborate ceremonies, including the sun dance ritual. Hidatsa villages, with circular earth lodges, were enclosed by a log wall for protection against intruders.

Featured Fact: The Hidatsa regularly engaged in battle; it was a way for young men to establish themselves as tribe leaders.

Photo source: Library of Congress

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