Our Place on the Prairie
Go Back to the Future
How has life changed on the prairie over time? Experience daily tasks of living on the land over one hundred years ago in a kid-sized sod house and traditional Dakota tipi.
Activities in Prairie Ways draw attention to surviving the elements, to the importance of plants and animals such as the buffalo on the prairie for daily living, to the traditions of past living. As they step into the past and then back into the present throughout the gallery, children build an appreciation for both prairie history and present day life.
In Prairie Ways, children learn about daily chores on the prairie and how people survived and lived on the prairie. They discover the origins of hoop dancing and are encouraged to learn simple steps from modern-day Lakota Hoop Dancers. This experience primes children's curiosity to find out more about their own personal history, the history of others who lived on the prairie, and how invention works.
M is for Mount Rushmore, William Anderson & Cheryl Harness
The States and Their Symbols, "South Dakota Facts and Symbols", Kathy Fenney
Native American Heritage, "South Dakota Native Americans", Carole Marsh