Weave Traditional Sweetgrass Baskets in Two-Day Workshop, Make a Dream Catcher at Kids Crafts Drop-In Program in April

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Release dated: 
March 12, 2014
Media contacts: 

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

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

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

Weave Traditional Sweetgrass Baskets in Two-Day Workshop, Make a Dream Catcher at Kids Crafts Drop-In Program in April

The Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post is offering two hands-on craft programs this April which will immerse visitors in the cultural history of the Ojibwe. Bring the kids for the day and learn how to make a dream catcher, or join a two-day workshop and learn the art of basket weaving.

Kids Crafts: Dream Catchers

Date: Saturday, April 5
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $5 per kit, does not include museum admission.

Dream Catcher

Children can learn how to weave a dream catcher and make one to take home. The dream catcher is a woven web believed to protect the dream world of the person who sleeps beneath it. Please allow an hour to make the craft. This program is recommended for children ages 8 and older.

Sweetgrass Basket Workshop

Date: Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April 20
Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $60 / $55 for MNHS members; additional supply fee of $15.
Reservations: required, call 320-532-3632.

Sweetgrass basket

Learn the art of making a coiled 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 will be provided on both days. A minimum of five participants is required, and registration is required three days prior to the workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. A limited number of discount hotel rooms are available at Grand Casino Mille Lacs on Saturday night for workshop participants.

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 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.