The Story of Hidatsa Shield
These historic beans are thought to have been grown by the Hidatsa tribe in the Missouri River Valley of North Dakota. This bean is often used in "Three Sisters" plantings of corn, squash, and beans because it is excellent at climbing the corn stalks.
It was featured in Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden (1987) and boarded onto Slow Food USA's "Ark of Taste" in 2005.
Beans were domesticated in the Americas thousands of years ago and serve as a protein in the diet of humans and animals.