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n. pl. Hidatsa or Hi·dat·sas
1. A member of a Native American people inhabiting an area along the Missouri River in western North Dakota.
2. The Siouan language of this people. In both senses also called Gros Ventre.

[Hidatsa hirá·ca (originally the name of the largest division of the Hidatsa people), of unknown origin (although traditionally thought to be derived from wirahacitatí, willow tree houses).]
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(hiˈdɑt sɑ)

n., pl. -sas, (esp. collectively) -sa.
1. a member of an American Indian people of North Dakota.
2. the Siouan language of the Hidatsa.
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Noun1.Hidatsa - a member of the Sioux people formerly inhabiting an area along the Missouri river in western North DakotaHidatsa - a member of the Sioux people formerly inhabiting an area along the Missouri river in western North Dakota
Siouan, Sioux - a member of a group of North American Indian peoples who spoke a Siouan language and who ranged from Lake Michigan to the Rocky Mountains
2.Hidatsa - a Siouan language spoken by the Hidatsa
Siouan language, Siouan - a family of North American Indian languages spoken by the Sioux
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In particular, the smallpox epidemic of 1780-82 marked a turning point in the struggles between westward-expanding Sioux groups and the semisedentary tribes that lived along the upper Missouri in present-day North and South Dakota, the Mandans, Hidatsas, and Arikaras.
These were Mandans, Hidatsas and Arikaras (Sahnish), known collectively today as the Three Affiliated Tribes.
Even though volume 4 covers both the Crows and the Hidatsas, there are relatively few Hidatsa images in the volume and none at all in the portfolio.
Scene Three: Narrator (off stage): As She Is Remembered: Twenty-Four White Weasel Tails At the age of 1 Sacagawea was captured by Hidatsas in a raid.
When the Lewis & Clark expedition was formed, he was living among the Native American Hidatsas whose lands in 1808 were in the Upper Missouri area.
Here, in 1805, the explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark noted numerous village sites forsaken by the Mandans and Hidatsas 'about 25 years' earlier.
We must look to the better known Mandan and Hidatsas of the Missouri River who practiced many of the same activities as the Lockport group, such as the use of scapula hoes and large bell-shaped storage pits, to develop an appreciation of these local farmers.
In the same vein, the Hidatsas, Arikaras, Pawnees, and other peoples of the Great Plains region developed comfortable, spacious, and durable "underground" housing techniques that were both extremely energy efficient and ideally suited to the tornado-ridden climate in which they lived.(41) Today, after a long hiatus brought about by their conquerors' insistence that grossly inefficient and vulnerable above-ground construction represented a superior mode of building on the plains, subsurface or "partially submerged" building designs are making a comeback at the hands of some of the more "radical" and "innovative" Eurocentric architects.
Together with the Hidatsas they were finally settled on the Fort Barthold Reservation in North Dakota.
Ostensibly a sociological study of how Northern Plains groups like the Hidatsas, Crows, Mandans, and Cheyennes mediated historical stress through creative manipulation of religious symbols and rituals, it is actually an important statement about the nature of Indian history that should inform anyone who ventures to study or write about the subject.
Roy Willard Meyer, The Village Indians of the Upper Missouri: The Mandans, Hidatsas, and Arikaras (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1977), 39-40
Clark Wissler, Curator of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History, to begin cultural studies among the Hidatsas," and his work "continued through successive summers for ten years," his story of Waheenee is offered not to adults but to "young readers" (W4).