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Yankton Sioux

An actor playing a Yankton Sioux of the early 1800s
The explorers encountered the Yankton Sioux of the Dakotas early in the expedition. Expedition member Nathaniel Pryor described Yankton Sioux homes as “Buffalow Skins Painted different Colour ... of a Conic form”—the classic Plains teepee.

Photograph by Mark Thiessen

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