FORT YATES, N.D. - Discover the connection between dinosaurs and American Indians while digging for dinosaur fossils on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has announced a one-week paleontology field camp for the general public that will combine dinosaur fossil excavation with Dakota/Lakota culture.
Although dinosaur fossils have been known to exist by local tribal members for many generations on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, it is only recently that the tribe has opened excavation up to the public.
World-renowned dinosaur expert Gerald Grellet-Tinner will lead the excavation team. He has been involved in national and international field excavations for more than 20 years. He has taught at UCLA and USC, and is currently a paleontology professor at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Participants will receive hands-on training and experience in the field techniques used in vertebrate paleontology. Some of the topics covered will include regional geology, basic dinosaur anatomy, exploration and excavation techniques as well as site documentation and procedures.
After a day of excavating, participants will spend the evening listening to traditional Lakota stories from tribal members. One story describes the relationship between the Lakota people and dinosaurs. There will be instruction on throwing an atlatl and erecting a tipi.
The field school will coincide with annual pow wows that will be held on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation so that participants can attend. The field camps will be held Aug. 4 - 11 and Aug. 14 - 21.
The cost for one week is $1,200 per person. The price includes travel to and from regional airports, field manual, handouts, tents and all meals. Field camps are limited to 12 participants.
For more information, contact Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Tourism Director LaDonna Brave Bull Allard at (701) 854-8500, ext. 186, or LaDonna Brave1@aol.com.