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Hidatsa

Syllabification: Hi·dat·sa
Pronunciation: /hēˈdätsä
 
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Definition of Hidatsa in English:

noun (plural same or Hidatsas)

1A member of an American Indian people living on the upper Missouri River in North Dakota.
Example sentences
  • He met the Crows in June 1805 at the Knife River villages of the Mandans and Hidatsas on the upper Missouri.
  • Extended stays at Fort McKenzie and Fort Union and a five-month visit among the Mandans and Hidatsas afforded an unprecedented opportunity to document the people, traditions, and history of the upper Missouri region.
  • Five years prior to the corps' arrival, the Hidatsas had captured Sacagawea from the Shoshones near the Three Forks.
2The Siouan language of the Hidatsa.
Example sentences
  • Hidatsa, like many languages, is on the verge of vanishing and taking with it crucial linguistic and cultural data.

adjective

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Relating to the Hidatsa or their language.
Example sentences
  • Described as ‘the central marketplace of the Northern Plains,’ the five Mandan and Hidatsa villages attracted many Europeans and Indians alike.
  • In Hidatsa households, men with many ‘children’ were materially better off than those with few or no ‘children,’ and assimilation of war captives into various clans was rapid.
  • From the Hidatsa towns, Larocque traveled with his hosts southwest to the Powder River, then up what is today Clear Creek to the base of the Bighorns.

Origin

a Hidatsa village name.

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