Encounters at the Heart of the World

Culture & Identity  •  Pulitzer 100  •  Virginia Indians

While most Americans know Native American tribes like the Lakota or Cherokee, the Mandan are less well known.

As part of our year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, VFH’s With Good Reason speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Fenn.

In her book Encounters at the Heart of the World, Fenn recounts the story of the Plains Mandan tribe as they rose to a population of 12,000, before being nearly wiped out in a few short years. Fenn turns to non-traditional sources from archeology to climatology to tell a history that supposedly couldn’t be written.