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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

New Year's day is celebrated with cannon fire and several men are allowed (York is ordered) to visit the Mandan village to dance.

From the journals...

we fired a Swivel & drank a Glass. about 9 o.C. 15 of the party went up to the 1st village of Mandans to dance as it had been their request. carried with us a fiddle & a Tambereen & a Sounden horn. as we arived at the entrence of the vil. we fired one round then the music played.

John Ordway

Mandan lodge

Painting of the Corp dancing in a Mandan lodge

Painting previously located in Southern Hills Mall, Sioux City, Iowa and created by by Split Rock Studios.