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Dakota Pathways

Water and Dust

Take an exciting journey through more than a thousand years of South Dakota history with this Emmy Award-winning twenty-episode series. From our state’s ancient beginnings through contemporary times, Dakota Pathways: A History brings the stories of South Dakota’s people and places to life.


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Water and Dust Much of the settlement of the state can be examined by looking at how water and dust have played a major role in its human occupation.

The many rivers in South Dakota, from the small Keya Paha in the south-central part of the state, to the Mighty Missouri running through its heart, have provided life-giving waters and life-taking floods. Too little water also wreaked havoc on human lives. This episode examines the great floods and dust storms, as well as the good times when water led to boom years and good crops.


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