Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village

3200 Indian Village Road,PO Box 621, Mitchell, SD 57301 - United States





The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, a National Historic Landmark, is a 1,000 Year-old Native American village overlooking Lake Mitchell. The village was inhabited by the ancestors of the Mandan people from approximately 900 BCE to 1050 BCE. Our museum complex consists of the Boehnen Memorial Museum, which houses artifacts, a full-sized reconstruction of one of the 70 - 80 lodges buried on our site, a video presentation room, the Shoppe Antiquary (our gift shop), and office; the Thomsen Center Archeodome encloses the excavation site where archaeologists come each summer from mid-June to mid-July to continue to uncover the long-held secrets of our village.


Audrey's Garden
We have a living exhibit - Audrey’s Garden - that showcases the native plants used 1,000 years ago for foods, dyes, medicines and more; a sculpture garden with sacred plants, four gardens that are planted with the same crops, corn, squashes, beans and sunflowers, that the people grew 1,000 years ago; and a pollinator garden with native wildflowers. We have a lake trail with beautiful views and benches.

Our program will be "Changing Environments: How the First People Altered the Land on Which They Lived". This program explains how people who lived in our Village one thousand years ago changed the environment around them and its effects on the lives of the Villagers.

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