Mille Lacs Indian Museum Offers Craft Workshops and Maple Sap Harvest Demonstration in March

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Release dated: 
February 12, 2014
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 •

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

Mille Lacs Indian Museum Offers Craft Workshops and Maple Sap Harvest Demonstration in March

Ojibwe culture and tradition are a significant part of Minnesota history and future. Learn more about Ojibwe arts and crafts at Mille Lacs Indian Museum. Below are the upcoming events and programs at Mille Lacs Indian Museum for March.

Kids Crafts: Story Book Time and God's Eye Activity
Date: March 1
Time: Noon to 3 p.m.
Fee: $4 per kit
God's Eye Weaving

Introduction to Native American arts and folklore. Enjoy stories and light snacks from noon to 1 p.m., then learn how to weave a "God’s Eye" to take home. The decorative designs are vibrant emblems that were 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. Please allow an hour for the activity. This project is recommended for children ages 8 and up.

Appliqué Beading Workshop
Date: March 8-9
Time: Saturday; Noon to 4 p.m., Sunday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $60 or $55 for MNHS members; Additional supply fee of $15
Reservations: Required, call 320-532-3632

Fine tune your craft skills and learn to bead in this two-day workshop. Instructors will be demonstrating the appliqué method, in which beads are applied directly to material or leather. This is an advanced type of beading used to create intricate designs on dance regalia, bags and moccasins. With the assistance of an instructor, participants will learn the craft of appliqué beadwork through hands-on learning. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. A minimum of 5 participants is required to host the workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required at least 3 days prior to workshop.
Discount hotel rooms are available on Saturday night for all workshop participants at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.

Maple Sap Harvest
Date: March 22
Time: Noon to 3 p.m.
Fee: $8 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
Reservations: recommended, call 320-532-3632

Maple syrup is not only a breakfast staple; It is an iconic tradition of the North. Indulge your sweet tooth at Mille Lacs with a demonstration about traditional and contemporary methods for harvesting and processing maple sap. Participants will observe the process of gathering maple sap and boiling it into syrup and sugar. Samples of maple sugar will be available for tasting. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. In case of bad weather, this event will be rescheduled to March 29.

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.

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.