On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
The Yankton Sioux continue with the Corps, and Clark takes a vocabulary of their language. Clark and Ordway record the actions and speeches given the day's council. The Sioux leave and Pierre Dorion, the interpreter, leaves to join them.
From the journals...
31st of August Friday
at 8 oClock the Chiefs and warriers met us in Council all with their pipes with the Stems presented towards us, after a Silence of abt. [blank] The great Chief Dressed himself in his fine Cloathes and two warriers in the uniform and armer of their Nation Stood on his left with a War Club & Speer each, & Dressed in feathurs.
Chief Good Boy
Friday 31st August 1804.
their was Several of the Indians which had Strings of White Bears claws around their necks, which was 3 inches in length, & Strung as close as possable to each other on the String all around their necks.—
Grizzly bear claw necklace
Photo courtesy of Nez Perce National Historical Park, NEPE 1990.