American Indian Art Explored through Photography, Craftwork and Dance this May at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

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Release dated: 
April 17, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 •

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

Travis Zimmerman • Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post • 320-532-3632 •

Quick facts: 

Place: Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
Address: 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia MN 56359
Admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members. All programs below are free, but do not include museum admission.
Phone: 320-532-3632

American Indian Art Explored through Photography, Craftwork and Dance this May at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

Visit the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post to learn about the culture and traditions of American Indians through art and dance. May offers a photography exhibit that features powwow dancers, an American Indian Art Market that showcases seven artists of various tribal affiliations and a Memorial Day Powwow family event.


Photography Exhibit: Naamijig: Honoring Our Traditions (The Ones Who Dance)
May 15 - Aug. 18
TUESday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Experience life on the "powwow trail" through a collection of Ivy Vainio's 2011 and 2012 digital photographs. The powwow dancers featured in each of the sixteen photographs are accompanied by a written narrative from the dancers on what it means to dance at powwows. Ivy Vainio is a direct descendent of a Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe member and is very connected to Ojibwe culture, values and beliefs.

The public is invited to a closing reception, Aug. 18 at 11 a.m. The reception will include refreshments, a short program and a chance to meet the artist.

American Indian Art Market
May 26
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Seven American Indian Artists of various tribal affiliations will be showcased. Visitors will get to discover the wide range of American Indian arts and crafts. Funded by The Joseph and Josephine Ruttger Descendants Fund and John Newton and Julia Morrow Peyton Fund for Education.

Memorial Day Powwow
May 27
Noon to 5 p.m.

Join museum staff and community members at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum's annual Memorial Day Powwow. Bring the family to participate in a social gathering honoring American Indian veterans past and present and experience firsthand the excitement of a contemporary powwow. This program is free and open to the public, but regular admission prices apply to visit the museum.

About the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

The Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post is a Minnesota Historical Society site located on the southwest shore of Lake Mille Lacs. It tells the story of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe through exhibits, demonstrations and the "Four Seasons Room," in which life-size dioramas depict early Ojibwe lifestyles. The adjacent 1930s trading post has been fully restored and offers locally made crafts and related merchandise.

Minnesota Museums Month is a statewide celebration of museums, their stories, and their communities. This May, visit a new museum in your community, take a road trip, or return to one of your favorites that you haven’t seen in a while. Museums of every type—art, historical, science, arboretums, zoos and more—are participating. For more information visit

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.