On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
Several men visit the Mandan village. Ordway learns how the Mandan store their corn and watches them play a hoop and pole game. The buffalo have left the area, and the hunters return to Fort Mandan unsuccessful.
From the journals...
Saturday 15th Decr. 1804.
Several of the chiefs and warries were out at a play which they call [blank] they had flattish rings made out of clay Stone & two men had Sticks abt. 4 feet long with 2 Short peaces across the fore end of it, and neathing on the other end
two men would run at a time with Each a Stick & one carried a ring. they run abt. half way and then Slide their Sticks after the ring. they had marks made for the Game but I do not understand how they count the game.
Mandan hoop and pole
Painting by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.