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Ordway, who is with Lewis' hunting party, writes that they are moving north towards Fort Mandan. They camp near present-day Painted Woods Lake. At the fort, Little Raven tells Clark about the burial of a very old Mandan Indian.

From the journals...

I am informed of the Death of an old man whome I Saw in the Mandan Village. this man, informed me that he "was 120 winters old, he requested his grand Children to Dress him after Death & Set him on a Stone on a hill with his face towards his old Village or Down the river, that he might go Streight to his brother at their old village under ground

William Clark

Offering of the Mandan Indians

Mandan relgious shrine with buffalo and human skulls

Painting by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.