On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
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...
20th February Wednesday 1805
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
Offering of the Mandan Indians
Painting by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.