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The MonDak Heritage Center Announces Paleoindians Of Montana By Ruthann Knudson


November 8, 2017 | View PDF

Ruthann Knudson

The MonDak Heritage Center announces Paleoindians of Montana: 13,000 to 8,000 Years Ago by Ruthann Knudson on Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the MonDak Heritage Center, 120 3rd Ave SE, Sidney. Montana was a different landscape 13,000 years ago, with glacial melt water to the north, more ice in the mountains, and a climate cooler than today's-and paleoindian people lived here! Knudson discusses the Montana Anzick/Wilsall, Barton Gulch, Indian Creek, MacHaffie, and Mill Iron archaeological sites, as well as sites in North Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and the Canadian provinces. She details how people relied heavily on big-game food sources, small mammals, fish, and plants and also describes how during these years there were wildfires, volcanic eruptions, and natural climatic variations to which people adapted as they made the beautiful stone tools we still find today. Ruthann Knudson is an adjunct professor of sociology and anthropology at Montana State University and lives in Great Falls. This fourth program in the Cultures of Montana series for Hometown Humanities is FREE and open to the public. Sponsored by Humanities Montana, an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information and the full schedule of programs for the Cultures of Montana series and Hometown Humanities contact MDHC at (406) 433-3500 or visit


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