On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
The day near present Yankton, South Dakota begins with fog stretching across the river. The Sioux arrive with a ceremony, and then a council begins. In the evening, the Indians dance.
From the journals...
30th of August Thursday 1804
the Warriers are Verry much deckerated with Paint Porcupin quils & feathers, large leagins & mockersons, all with buffalow roabs of Different Colours.
Wahktágeli, Yankton Sioux Chief
Painting by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.
they Sang around our camp during the time of the counsel. Each man of those Musicians had War hoop it was made of thickest buffelow hides dressed white covered with thin Goat Skin dressd. white & ornamented with porcupine quills & feathers &.C. and in Such a defensive manner that a M. Ball could not penetrate through it they wore them on their Backs when at practice, But when in attack at war they wear them on their right arm tied fast
Engraved print by Karl Bodmer circa 1833 (cropped).