On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
One of the Expedition men returns from a Buffalo Medicine Dance held at the first Mandan village across the river from Fort Mandan. The ceremony is held to bring the buffalo near. Clark describes the custom in his journal.
From the journals...
5th of January Satturday 1805
a Buffalow Dance (or Medison) for 3 nights passed in the 1st Village
Bison Dance of the Mandan Indians in Front of Their Medicine Lodge in Mih-Tutta-Hankush
Historical painting by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.