About Rendezvous Days & Pow Wow

Color graphic of white canvas tents in the grass in front of a moonrise over a bay.
Reenactors' camp during Rendezvous Days

NPS Graphic / G.M. Spoto
Derived from a photo courtesy of Thomas Abthorpe

Rendezvous Days is Free and Open to the Public

Held on Friday and Saturday this year, August 11-12, 2023, this event is one you do not want to miss! Music, dancing, craft demonstrations, and hands-on workshops ensure an exciting visit to Grand Portage National Monument. This year's theme is The North West Company Looks West.

  • Admission is free. Visitors are not required to wear period clothing. Come as you are!
  • No vendors, demonstrations only
  • Visit our Eating & Sleeping page for information about where to stay.
  • Directions to the Monument from Duluth, Minnesota and Thunder Bay, Ontario.

View the National Park Service Centennial 2016 Rendezvous Days photo gallery.

 
A man in native dress tying sticks into the shape of a boat in a grassy field with canvas tipis beside him.
Fort Union demonstrator building a bull boat from willow and a bison hide.

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Rendezous Days 2023 Looks West

Historically, the North West Company and Grand Portage Trail opened the West for exploration and profit. This year, several events and workshops focus on those discoveries and the differences reflected by the new landscapes encountered in the journey across the continent. In their travels, NWC explorers see different types of headwear and clothing, different foods, even different trade goods. A highlight of the weekend will be the building and launching of a traditional bull boat made from a bison hide. At the time, birchbark canoes were the transportation of choice to navigate the riverways. In areas lacking birch trees, hide boats replaced canoes.

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    The Pow Wow at Grand Portage

    In conjunction with Rendezvous Days, the annual Grand Portage Pow Wow, sponsored by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa/Ojibwe (Anishinaabe), is an American Indian cultural gathering focused on dance, song and family celebration. Midday Grand Entry Saturday and Sunday are particularly inspirational and colorful as U.S. and Canadian flags are raised to honor military veterans from Grand Portage. Staff bearers lead dancers, dressed in traditional regalia, into the Pow Wow ring. Through the Pow Wow, all people have the chance to experience Native American culture in a wonderful way.

     
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    Thank you to our generous sponsor!

    If you’re interested in finding out how you can support Grand Portage National Monument, please visit our partner, National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation (NPLSF), at nplsf.org for more information. The mission of NPLSF is to provide financial support for projects and programs that preserve the natural resources and cultural heritage of all five national parks along Lake Superior. NPSLF is charged with their stewardship and is committed to their long term support, preservation, and enhancement.

    Last updated: May 16, 2023

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    P.O. Box 426
    Grand Portage, MN 55605

    Phone:

    (218) 475-0123

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