Volume 4, "The Mandan Winter"
State(s): North Dakota
Journal Sections: Oct. 1804 - April 1805
From-To: Bismarck to Knife River Villages
Roads: Hwy 1804-83-200
Route: Start tape as leave Bismarck on either Hwy 83 or 1804.
Turn left onto 1804 from Hwy 83 or stay straight on Hwy 1804 back
to Hwy 83. Follow to the exit for Hwy 200 at Washburn and travel
west to the Knife River Villages.
Hwy 1806 west to Hwy
200 west to Hwy 22 north to Hwy 23 east and New Town.
· On a Slant & Knife
· Ft. Mandan winter
· Mandan & Hidatsa relations, customs, etc
· Washburn Interp Center
· Introduction of Charbonneau & Sacagawea
· Knife River Villages
· More on York & tribal interaction, buffalo calling
Volume 4 offers far more material
than can be thoughtfully covered in the time allowed: The Corps'
long-term stay at their winter camp, the many and varied daily
interactions with the Mandan and Hidatsa people, Clark's continuing
research into developing the maps of the territory to the west.
Vistor and Cultural Centers along the route will cover much of
this. We propose to focus on the perceptions of the two cultures
thrown into close association. The Mandan-Hidatsa trading center
brought them into closer and more regular contact with white people
than most tribes of the day. This gave them a unique perspective
on the Corps and the proposals of the captains. Listeners will
hear conversations through translations from English to French
to Hidatsa and then back through to English. We'll give listeners
their first glimpse of the expedition's newest members - Charbonneau,
Sacagawea & their infant son, Jean-Baptiste - and provide
some background for what was to prove
a most fortuitous coincidence.