Kids Crafts, Wild Rice Processing and a Porcupine Quill Jewelry Workshop at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post in September

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August 14, 2013
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Travis Zimmerman • Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post • 320-532-3632 •

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Place: Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
Address: 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia MN 56359
Phone: 320-532-3632

Kids Crafts, Wild Rice Processing and a Porcupine Quill Jewelry Workshop at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post in September

The Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post hosts activities for everyone in September. Children can learn to make a beaded ring on Saturday, Sept. 7, adults can discover crafting jewelry from porcupine quills during a two-day workshop on Sept. 28 and 29 and the whole family can witness the entire cycle of processing wild rice on Saturdays.

beadingWhat: Kids Crafts: Bead a Ring
When: Saturday, Sept. 7
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $3 per bead kit

Children will learn a basic stringing technique while beading a ring to take home. The beaded ring kit is $3 and includes materials for the ring and an instructional handout. Please allow an hour to make the ring.

This project is recommended for children age 8 and up.

What: Wild Rice Processing
When: Saturdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28
Time: Noon to 3 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Watch museum staff process wild rice including how to dry, parch, thresh and winnow the rice. Visitors will be able to see the entire process from raw to finished product. The demonstrations are free. Regular admission fees apply to visit the museum.

What: Porcupine Quill Jewelry Workshop
When: Saturday Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29
Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $60/$55 for MHS members; Additional supply fee of $15.
Reservations required, call 320-532-3632

quill jewelryLearn techniques of working with porcupine quills in this two-day workshop. Participants will make earrings, necklaces and hair ties out of quills. They will also learn how to dye, string and cut off the barbed tips.

An adult must accompany children under 18 years. Pastries and refreshments will be provided along with a light lunch. Pre-registration required by Sept. 25.

Discount hotel rooms available on Saturday night for all workshop participants at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.

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.

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