Near Stanton in Mercer County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Awatixa Xi'e Village
You are at the edge of a large village of earthlodges. When the dwellings collapsed, they left circular mounds of earth around hardened saucer-like floors. From that pattern you can picture the extent of this village and speculate about the number of inhabitants.
The bowl-shaped earthlodge depressions are surprisingly close together, leaving barely enough room for corn-drying scaffolds between dwellings. On sprawling prairie this crowded design suggests a close-knit social structure or the need for protection against marauding tribes.
Erected by Department of the Interior, National Parks Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Native Americans.
Location. 47° 19.998′ N, 101° 23.025′ W. Marker is near Stanton, North Dakota, in Mercer County. Marker can be reached from County Highway 37 near 6th Street Southwest, on the right when traveling north. This marker is located on the Knife River Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 546 County Road 37, Stanton ND 58571, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Middens (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hidatsa Garden (about 600 feet away); Lewis & Clark at the Knife River Indian Villages (about 600 feet away); Feeding the River (approx. 0.4 miles away); Awatixa Village (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cutbank Archeaology (sic) (approx. 0.4 miles away); River-Centered (approx. half a mile away); Hidatsa Village (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stanton.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 10, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 32 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 10, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.