Dancing on the 'Powwow Trail' Focus of New Photography Exhibit at Mille Lacs Indian Museum, May 15 - Aug. 18

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Release dated: 
May 8, 2013
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Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

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Travis Zimmerman • Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post • 320-532-3632 • travis.zimmerman@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Event: Naamijig: Honoring Our Traditions (The Ones Who Dance)
Exhibit Dates: May 15 - Aug. 18, 2013
Time: 11 a.m. -4 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday in May; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Place: Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia MN 56359
Cost: Exhibit is FREE. Museum admission is $8 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
Phone: 320-532-3632
Email: millelacs@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/millelacs

Dancing on the 'Powwow Trail' Focus of New Photography Exhibit at Mille Lacs Indian Museum, May 15 - Aug. 18

Experience life on the "powwow trail" through a collection of Ivy Vainio's 2011 and
2012 digital photographs. Each of the sixteen photographs are accompanied by a written narrative from the dancers on what it means to dance at powwows.

Tea Drift

(T'ea Drift, Bois Forte Tribe, Mashkawisen Veterans Powwow, Sawyer, Minn., July 14, 2012)

"Naamijig: Honoring Our Traditions (The Ones Who Dance)" will be on display in the Mille Lacs Indian Museum, May 15-Aug. 18, 2013. Naamijig, in the Ojibwe language means, "The ones who dance." Artist Ivy Vainio says, "I try to capture the true essence of this contemporary American Indian gathering by photographing dancers, their colorful and sacred outfits, and interactions between tribal members. Through my photography I believe I capture the strong sense of connection that symbolically binds them together and that is their culture through dance, song, the drumbeat and family interactions."

The exhibit is free and does not include museum admission. Museum admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and college students, $6 for children ages 6 to 17 and free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

The public can meet the artist at a free closing reception, Aug. 18, 11 a.m. The reception will include refreshments and a short program.

Ivy Vainio is a direct descendant of a Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe member and is very connected to Ojibwe culture, values and beliefs. During her summers she likes to document life on the “powwow trail” through her photography.

About the Mille Lacs Indian Museum

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.

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