Lewis and Clark Pathways: Lewis, Clark and the Mandan People

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The path of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery led them to a winter along the Missouri River near the homes of agricultural Native American tribes, which would later suffer a devastating smallpox epidemic, and the future sites of Fort Abraham Lincoln and Fort Union.  The video covers the significance of the forts and the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes.

Lewis and Clark befriended the Mandan Indians and spent a winter with them in North Dakota.  They traded with the Mandan to secure food for themselves.  Lewis and Clark’s team included a blacksmith who was able to make tools, weapons and do repairs.  Ultimately, so they could have enough food, Lewis and Clark agreed to make battle axes for the Mandan with the agreement that they would not use them in battle.

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Bob Dambach (Producer); Dave Geck (Videographer)


Lewis and Clark Pathways Prairie Public Television (2002).

Grade Level

1 - 8

Subject Matter

Social Studies, Science

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