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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...

a Buffalow Dance (or Medison) for 3 nights passed in the 1st Village

William Clark

Bison Dance of the Mandan Indians in Front of Their Medicine Lodge in Mih-Tutta-Hankush

Historical painting of a Mandan buffalo dance

Historical painting by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.