Field Trips: Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

A girl holding two corn husk doll at Mille Lacs Indian Museum.

Learn about the journey of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe— from their settlement in Minnesota 300 years ago to their culture, tradition, and lives today. Stop in at the 1930s trading post to shop for handcrafted Native American goods.

Field trip options

All field trips include a tour of the Four Seasons Room, exhibit scavenger hunt, and interactive lessons on Native American games, sports, music, and dance.

Core experience

Grades K-12, $6 per student:

Cycles of the Seasons
Tour the Four Seasons Room, with life-sized dioramas depicting traditional Ojibwe life and activities. Students learn about making maple sugar, harvesting bark, processing wild rice, and hunting and fishing that sustain Ojibwe people.

Exhibit Scavenger Hunt
Students explore our exhibits to find items from the museum collections on display. Scavenger hunts are age appropriate, from photo finds for younger students to quizzes for high-schoolers.

Native American Games and Sports
Play Native American games of skill and chance including the bowl game, snake game, deer and hunter, lacrosse, and the run and scream game.

Native American Music and Dance
Students will examine materials used to make rattles, flutes, and drums to gain a better understanding of the instruments used by different tribes in different regions. Participants will also learn about differing dance styles and what to expect at a powwow.

Add on to your core experience

$2 each student per activity:

Native American Communication Grades K-12
Interactive lesson that teaches students about a variety of communication methods including Native American sign language, as well as simple Ojibwe words and phrases. 

Native American Dolls and Toys Grades 3-7
Through an examination of toys and primary sources students will see the larger connections between Native American playthings and the cultures they represent.

Native American Sovereignty and Treaty Rights Grades 7-12
Students learn about the treaties that relate to the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, then have a guided discussion about Native American sovereignty.

Craft projects

$5 per student:

  • Corn Husk Doll Grades K-12
  • Shoulder Bag Grades K-12
  • Beaded Ring Grades 4-12
  • Dream Catcher Grades 4-12

Academic standards

All programs support state of Minnesota academic standards in social studies.

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

43411 Oodena Drive
Onamia, MN 56359

Cost

  • $6 per student for core experience, $60 minimum group fee
  • +$2 per additional programming per student, +$5 per craft project per student
  • District staff free
  • One free adult per 10 students
  • Additional chaperones will be invoiced at the same rate as the students

Billing information

No payment will be accepted the day of the field trip. All schools will be invoiced after their trip. For more information see our Program Policies.

Cancellation fee

Cancellations must be received 14 days before your trip. See our Program Policies. Contact us at 1-888-387-5008 if you need to reschedule.

Details

  • Length: 2 hours plus additional for trading post and/or craft project
  • Free bus parking
  • Lunch space available
  • The historic Trading Post is available for students to shop and purchase handmade Native American items. Ask scheduler about hours.

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