At the Mandan village

October 25, 1804
Several Indians visit us this evening. The son of the late great chief of the Mandans who had two of his fingers off and appeared to be pierced in many places. On inquiring the reason was informed that it was a testimony of their grief for deceased friends… a mark of savage affection.

October 26
Many men, women, and children flocked down to see us. Captain Lewis walked to the village with the Chief and interpreters, my rheumatism increasing prevented me from going also, and we had determined that both would not leave the boat at the same time until we knew the disposition of the natives. Some chiefs visited me and I smoked with them. They appeared delighted… with my black servant.
--William Clark


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