New Program at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post Highlights History of Ojibwe in Minnesota

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Release dated: 
May 14, 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

Quick facts: 

Place: Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
Address: 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia MN 56359
Cost: $8 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
Phone: 320-532-3632
Email: millelacs@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/millelacs

New Program at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post Highlights History of Ojibwe in Minnesota

Visitors to the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post this summer can join a new program about the history of Ojibwe in Minnesota. Plus, workshops for children and adults offer hands-on instruction in Ojibwe arts and crafts.

Event: We Are Anishinaabe: Our Migration Journey
Dates: June 14, 28, July 12, 26, Aug. 9, 23
Time: 1 and 2 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.

We are Anishinaabe tour

According to oral tradition, ancestors of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe moved westward from the Atlantic coast of North America about 500 years ago. By the mid-1700s they had established themselves in the region around Mille Lacs Lake. Discover the origins of Ojibwe people in Minnesota in this new 30-minute discussion led by an Ojibwe speaker, and explore the stories, values and traditions that traveled with them and remain today.

“We Are Anishinaabe: Our Migration Journey” is offered on the second and fourth Saturdays, June 14, 28, July 12, 26, Aug. 9 and 23 at 1 and 2 p.m.

Event: Kids Crafts: Shoulder Bag Activity
Date: June 7
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $7 per kit (museum admission not included).

Children will learn how to decorate an Ojibwe-style shoulder bag. This activity provides a hands-on introduction to the arts and culture of the Ojibwe, a woodland people of the Great Lakes region. The price includes supplies needed to decorate the bag. Please allow an hour for the activity. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Recommended for children ages 6 and up.

Event: Birch Bark Basket Workshop
Date: June 28
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $25/$20 MNHS members; additional supply fee of $15.
Reservations: required, call 320-532-3632.

Learn how to store and work with birch bark in this one-day workshop. Participants will make a large basket to take home. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. A minimum of five participants is required to host the workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to the workshop.

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.