On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
The boats travel four miles up the Missouri to a point near the mouth of the Knife River in present North Dakota. They meet many Mandan and a trader and interpreter named Rene Jessaume who has been living with the Mandan several years.
From the journals...
27th of October Satturday 1804
Came too at this Village on the L. S. this village is Situated on an eminance of about 50 feet above the Water in a handson Plain it Containes houses in a kind of Picket work. the houses are round and Verry large Containing Several families, as also their horses which is tied on one Side of the enterance
Hidatsa Village, Earth Covered Lodges on the Knife River
Painting by George Catlin circa 1832.
These people do not bury their dead, but place the body on a scaffold, wrapped in a buffaloe robe, where it lies exposed.
Sioux Scaffold Burial
Painting by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.