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Only two Indians visit Fort Mandan due to the previous day's adoption ceremony—a practice where enemies are made temporary relatives so that they can trade. The hunters do not return, so the men must eat some of their salted pork.

From the journals...

only two Indians visit us to day Owing to a Dance at the Village last night in Concluding a Serimoney of adoption, and interchange of property, between the Ossiniboins, and the nations of this neighbourhood—

William Clark

Ptihn-Tak-Ochatä, Dance of the Mandan Women

Painting of Mandan women dancing

Painting by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.