Blonde Blue-Eyed Indians

Writing Wranglers and Warriors

105182105411111CDPby Neva Bodin

A blond Indian? With blue eyes? Legend or fact? I heard the stories as a child living in North Dakota, a mid-northern state. Known as the Mandan Indians, they lived in earth lodges along the Missouri River. No one saw blond Indians anymore in the 1950’s that I knew of. They were a mystery of the past. I have visited their earth lodges near Mandan, ND. Picture is of a Mandan Earth lodge by Michael Peck.

mandan earth lodge

According to an online article by Charles W. Moore, titled “DID 14TH CENTURY SCANDINAVIAN EXPLORERS VISIT MIDWESTERN NORTH AMERICA?”, the Pennsylvania Packet and General Advertiser, a newspaper founded in 1771, “reported that ‘a new nation of white people’ had been discovered about 2000 miles to the west of the Appalachians, ‘acquainted with the principles of the Christian religion’ and ‘extremely courteous and civilized.’”

In 1804, the Mandans were visited by Lewis…

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