A Mandan village at the mouth of the Knife River, painting by George Catlin
North West Company sent James MacKay up the Missouri River from St.
Louis to meet and trade with the Mandans at the Knife
River. MacKay wrote: "On my arrival they received me
with all the affability possible, many of their chiefs came to meet
me, at some distance from their village, and would not permit me to
enter their village on foot. They carried me between four men
in a buffalo robe to their chief's house...when in a little time
they prepared a feast for me and my men."
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