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n. pl. Mandan or Man·dans
1. A member of a Native American people formerly living in villages along the Missouri River in south-central North Dakota, with present-day descendants on Lake Sakakawea in west-central North Dakota.
2. The Siouan language of the Mandan.

[French Mandane, probably from Dakota mawátaNna.]


(ˈmæn dæn, -dən)

n., pl. -dans, (esp. collectively) -dan.
1. a member of an American Indian people of North Dakota.
2. the Siouan language of the Mandans.
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Conwy county councillor Roger Parry and local historian Graham Roberts believe the story of Madoc's epic voyage is "feasible" - though they discredit tales of Welsh-speaking Mandan Indians - and that the seaside village should be promoting it to attract more visitors.
His explorer-ancestor thought he came close to solving the Madoc riddle with the Mandan Indians, a tribe from upper Missouri with blue eyes and coracle-like boats.
According to journals kept by members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the explorers sampled some of the wild berries that the Mandan Indians harvested along the Missouri River.
These ranged from hallucinatory works by artists as different as Dash Snow and Yayoi Kusama to an original 1839 aquatint, Idols of the Mandan Indians, by artist-explorer Karl Bodmer.
They discovered America and befriended the Mandan Indians.
A small summer squash that was once grown by the Mandan Indians of North Dakota.
But there are also 19th and 20 century works by Krehmer and Bowen written specifically for recorder, plus a 1996 piece, Moon Dances by Mays, about the North American Mandan Indians.