The village included a garden, a communal eating area, and public spaces where artisans could practice and showcase their crafts. Adjacent to the village was a river crossed by two bridges, and an artificial lake created by a dam. Nearby were farms with bales of hay, and further were mountains and caves. The village contained little technology, as per the Ba'ku philosophy of simple living.
In 2375, Starfleet constructed a duck blind near the village as part of a secret joint mission with the Son'a to relocate the Ba'ku and harvest their planet's metaphasic radiation. A team of Starfleet officers roamed the village, observing the Ba'ku while wearing isolation suits.
While following some Ba'ku children, Lieutenant Commander Data discovered a Federation holoship hidden in the lake and was shot by a Son'a, causing him to malfunction. Acting solely by his ethical subroutines, Data attacked his teammates and exposed the duck blind, leading to an investigation by the USS Enterprise that uncovered the relocation plan. Shortly after, the Son'a attempted to abduct the Ba'ku by force, forcing the Ba'ku to flee the village while under fire by Son'a shuttles. They were able to return to the village after Captain Jean-Luc Picard destroyed the Son'a collector by activating its auto-destruct. (Star Trek: Insurrection)