Craft Workshops and a Free Family Day this October at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading post

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Release dated: 
September 18, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

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
Phone: 320-532-3632
Email: millelacs@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/millelacs

Craft Workshops and a Free Family Day this October at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading post

Visitors are invited to join in the activities at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post this October. Children can learn how to make a "God's Eye," families can enjoy Family Fun Day with free games and dance and adults can learn how to make a sweetgrass basket.

gods eyeWhat: Kid's Craft: God's Eye Activity
When: Saturday, Oct. 5
Time: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost: $4 per kit (does not include museum admission)

Learn how to weave a "God’s Eye" to take home. The decorative designs are used on ceremonial shields of American Indian tribes of the southwestern United States. Participants will receive an instructional handout and materials to make the craft item.

Please allow an hour for the activity. Recommended for children ages 8 and up

drummersWhat: Family Fun Day
When: Saturday, Oct. 19
Time: 1 - 4 p.m.
Cost: FREE (does not include museum admission)

Visit Mille Lacs Indian Museum for a day of fun and games. Author Art Coulson will talk about and sign copies of his book "The Creator's Game," a children's story about lacrosse. Marcie Rendon will talk about and sign her book "Powwow Summer," which follows a family as they travel along the powwow trail. And join artist Cheryl Minnema as she helps young visitors decorate Ojibwe shoulder bags to take home.

Visit with the authors from 1 to 2 p.m., then join a drum and dance demonstration at 2:30 p.m. This event is free and does not include museum admission.

What: Sweetgrass Basket Workshop
When: Saturday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 27
Time: Noon - 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $60/$55 for MHS members; Additional supply fee of $15
Reservations: required, call 320-532-3632

Learn the art of making a coil sweetgrass basket in this two-day workshop. Sweetgrass is a fragrant sacred herb used in ceremonies and artwork by the Ojibwe. Refreshments and a light lunch provided on both days. Discount hotel rooms are available at Grand Casino Mille Lacs on Saturday night for all workshop participants.

Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. 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.