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.
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.