November 20, 2013
Grand Portage National Monument and Grand Portage Band Announce Ojibwe Heritage Murals Project, Call For Entries
The Grand Portage National Monument, in partnership with the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa announces the Ojibwe Heritage Murals project. The project commemorates the people of Grand Portage, Ojibwe handicrafts at Grand Portage, and Gichi Onigamiing, the great carrying place. One artist will be chosen to create two murals, 6ft x 18ft, for permanent exhibition in the Heritage Center’s Cultural Demonstration Gallery at Grand Portage National Monument.
The murals will be installed overlooking the Ojibwe Heritage Room on the second floor of the Heritage Center in Grand Portage. Pam Neil, Chief of Interpretation at the national monument is excited to see the project underway: “The new exhibit will be a welcome addition to the Ojibwe Heritage Room; envisioned from the very beginning as a unique space to honor the home place, traditions and talents of the Grand Portage people.”
The call is open to all artists. Preference will be given to Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and Grand Portage Band members. Artist’s proposals must be received by Friday, January 31, 2014.
This is a cooperative project between the Grand Portage National Monument and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The national monument and the Grand Portage Band have successfully partnered on over 100 projects. The Heritage Center, which overlooks Grand Portage Bay on Lake Superior, was opened in 2007 and sees nearly 100,000 visitors annually.
The Grand Portage National Monument is located in Grand Portage, Minnesota and lies entirely within the Grand Portage Reservation. The national monument interprets the heritage and lifeways of Ojibwe people, the use of the historic Grand Portage trail, and cross-cultural encounters between native and Euro-American people made possible by the fur trade.
For more information or to obtain an Artist Packet, visit www.nps.gov/grpo, or contact Project Coordinator, Beth Drost: email@example.com or 218-475-0123.
Did You Know?
The under-fur of the beaver have microscopic barbs which make excellent quality felt for hats of the 16th-18th centuries. This hidden property was the reason why the beaver was the "standard" pelt for the fur trade.