Scattered Village Exhibits and Curriculum
The Scattered Village Exhibits and Curriculum Project is an outreach program providing interpretive and educational materials resulting from the discovery of a significant pre-historic village during the construction of a street in Mandan, North Dakota. The site, adjacent to an elementary school, provided a unique opportunity to educate the local children about their heritage. The children would question the archaeologists each day to find out what was being unearthed. Bringing this information back to the public is an important way for people to truly understand and appreciate their heritage. Together, the project sponsors have involved a wide audience in the development of museum quality displays and educational curriculum to honor the inhabitants of Scattered Village. The exhibits located in the Mandan Public Library recreate the story of the archaeological dig, the recovered artifacts and the valuable information discovered at the site. Then taking it a step further, they took the opportunity to draw on the oral traditions of the Three Affiliated Tribes to fit the scientific facts to the traditions and history of the tribes, linking the historical site to the past. Through these truly outstanding efforts, this unique project provides many outreach and educational exhibits, including maps, brochures and information on local historic sites which promote tourism while preserving historical data and information for future generations.