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Mandan Chief Black Cat visits Fort Mandan. He explains why the Indians are suspicious of the Expedition's promise to establish trade first and later provide guns. The smokehouse is covered with earth because planking can no longer be found.

From the journals...

we raised the roof of the meat & Smoak house bringing it up with Timber cross drawing in, So as to answer with chinking & dobbing & covering with earth & ashes for the covering without plank, as it is Troublesom to Git any more than to cover our huts.

John Ordway

Fort Mandan smokehouse

Small rooms at the back of Fort Mandan

Photo taken with permission at Fort Mandan.