You can learn about the fur trading days of the 19th century, and pick the brains of some experts on the period, during an upcoming book signing at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site in North Dakota.
Anthropologist and fur trade scholar W. Raymond Wood, anthropologist Randy Williams, and archeologist William J. Hunt, Jr., will be at the historic site this coming Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to sign copies of their book, Fort Clark and Its Indian Neighbors: A Trading Post on the Upper Missouri.
W. Raymond Wood is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Missouri- Columbia. He has published extensively on Lewis and Clark and their predecessors, the explorations of Prince Maximillian, the early cartography of the Missouri River, and the Native Americans that lived along the Missouri, especially the Mandans and Hidatsas.
Randy Williams received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Missouri- Columbia where he researched the fur trade on the Northern Plains.
William J. Hunt, Jr. recently retired as an archeologist with the National Park Service.
Operating between 1830 and 1860, Fort Clark was a thriving fur trade post located on the Missouri River in present-day western North Dakota. Fort Clark and Its Indian Neighbors: A Trading Post on the Upper Missouri weaves a tale of cultural conflict and cooperation as it chronicles the early history of the Mandan and Arikara Indians, the establishment and eventual demise of Fort Clark, and 20th century archeological investigations.
You can bring your own copy of the book or purchase one at the visitor center book store for the authors to sign.
Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site is located one-half mile north of Stanton at 564 County Road 37. For more information, please call the park at 701-745-3300.