Grand Portage Rendezvous Days: Ojibwe Culture, Fur Trade History, Community Fun, and a Tall Ship!

Grand Portage Rendezvous Days: Ojibwe Culture, Fur Trade History, Community Fun, and a Tall  Ship!

(June 27, 2016, Grand Portage MN) Grand Portage Rendezvous Days, August 12-14, 2016, has something for everyone! Don’t miss the eagerly anticipated Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s annual Celebration Pow Wow. Visitors can participate in a full slate of community and cultural events taking place throughout a jam-packed weekend in Grand Portage. Head to the Pow Wow grounds to view the majesty of the Celebration Pow Wow Grand Entries on Saturday and Sunday; experience recreational activities like mixed softball and horseshoe tournaments, a 1 and 3 mile walk-run, and the ever-popular turkey shoot; or check out the Princess + Brave contest, play bingo, and enjoy a feast. Plus, on-site vendors offer a wide selection of arts, crafts, and Native American food.

Just steps away from the Pow Wow traditional gathering you’ll find Grand Portage National Monument and Heritage Center where visitors young and old can explore a robust program of presentations, contests, and workshops. Try your hand at basic blacksmithing, enter the Throw the “Dough” contest, snoop around in a scavenger hunt, view an 18th century puppet show, listen to live music or French Canadian stories, play lacrosse, learn about historic cooking and baking, make an 18th century children’s toy, and much, much more!

“Mist of Avalon” will be at anchor in Grand Portage bay and free tours of the ship will be offered. The tours will run hourly 9AM – 7PM via a shuttle boat from the Grand Portage National Monument’s dock. Rubber-soled shoes and a ticket will be required. Tickets will be available at the Grand Portage National Monument Heritage Center on Saturday, August 13th.

Our website address for Rendezvous information is

www.nps.gov/grpo or call 218.475.0123.

Grand Portage Rendezvous Days celebrates the incredible cultural collision that gave rise to a flourishing international business in the remote, and virtually impassable, interior of North America. Local Native populations provided vital technical support to the fur trade – including transportation methods like birch bark canoes – that allowed hardy voyageurs to paddle tons of furs and trade goods thousands of miles through a complicated series of rivers, lakes and portages to rendezvous at Grand Portage to rest, transfer company goods, conduct business, renew friendships, and celebrate.

There’s fun for the whole family at Grand Portage Rendezvous Days, and admission for all events and activities is FREE! With plenty of free parking and an on-site shuttle service, moving between locations is a

breeze. Make plans to come spend the day! Grand Portage welcomes visitors for relaxation or play. Grand Portage is just two and a half hours north of Duluth, MN and less than one hour south of Thunder Bay,  Ontario. Warm  welcomes guaranteed.

For the full Grand Portage Rendezvous Days schedule of events please visit: www.grandportage.com

 

Frank Vecchio Grand Portage Lodge and Casino Marketing Manager USA Tel: 218.475.2943 CAN Tel: 807.628.7121 Cell: 807.628.7121 Email: gportage@tbaytel.net