Tipi Day set for Saturday at Fort Mandan
Erik Holland, curator of education for the State Historical Society of North Dakota, will host Tipi Day at Fort Mandan on Saturday.
Holland will be outside at Fort Mandan from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., sharing the history and culture of the teepee. He will offer a scheduled talk at 2 p.m.
Holland also will demonstrate for visitors how teepees work and how to set up and tear down a teepee throughout the day.
Late in the winter of 1804-1805, Sacagawea and Charbonneau set up a teepee outside of Fort Mandan. After the expedition’s departure from Fort Mandan, Lewis and Clark lived in Charbonneau’s teepee on their journey from the fort to the Pacific.
The modern replica teepee will remain at Fort Mandan for the duration of the summer season as a symbol of how Native ways influenced Lewis and Clark at the crossroads of the Northern Plains.
The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center is located 40 miles north of Bismarck at the intersection of U.S. 83 and N.D. 200A in Washburn. Admission is included in the normal entry fee to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center: $8 for adults and free for members of the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation. All students receive free admission.