Program Rendezvous Days and Traditional Pow Wow

Rendezvous Days and Traditional Pow Wow
Rendezvous Days and Traditional Pow Wow program

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It is 1797, the Rendezvous is in full swing, and over a thousand people work and linger within the palisades and surrounding area. North West Company agents, clerks, and partners gather to conduct business and celebrate their good fortune. They arrived by canoe with the voyageurs bringing trade goods from the east, and furs from the north. Native American families gather by the shore to trade and reunite with friends and family. It all happened right here in Grand Portage. Today, at Rendezvous, costumed interpreters portray late 18th century life in the fur trade era. Park rangers, and volunteer re-enactors provide you with a unique view into the hustle and bustle of Grand Portage over 220 years ago. This year, we take our “Hats off to the Fur Trade” with programs and workshops highlighting the iconic fashionable “must haves” of the 1790s, along with the everyday head wear used by Native and European peoples. Come join us & don’t forget your hat!

The Traditional Gathering: Rendezvous Days Pow Wow

 
Map of the Historic Depot & Historic Encampment
Map of the Historic Depot & Encampment

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Grand Portage National Monument 2019 Rendezvous Program

The stockade, reconstructed buildings and historic encampment are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Heritage Center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission to Rendezvous and the monument grounds is free. Donations to support future events and interpretive programs are appreciated. Thank you for your support!!

FRIDAY, August 9th
Presentations and Contests:
All Day Historic Cooking/Baking - Kitchen
10:00 Opening With Grand Portage Drum - Front Yard of Great Hall Stone Bridge Singers
11:00 Boneslick Strings Play for You! - Great Hall
11:00 Guided One Hour Archeological Site Tours - Please meet at the North Gate Information Tent
12:00 Guided One Hour Historic Encampment Tours - Please Meet at the North Gate Information Tent
1:00 Ranger Program: Mad as a Hatter! - Voyageur Encampment
2:00 18th Century Music Jam!! - Front Yard of Great Hall
2:00 Guided One Hour Archeological Site Tours - Please meet at the North Gate Information Tent
3:00 History of the Iconic Guide’s Hat - Workshop Tent
3:00 Guided One Hour Historic Encampment Tours - Please Meet at the North Gate Information Tent
3:30 Camp Chore Challenge - West Gate Lawn
5:00 Monument Closes - Thanks for Visiting Today!

Workshops: (register at information tent outside of North Gate)
11:30 Kids! Make a Guide’s Hat! - Workshop Tent
**1:00 Make a Linen Cap/Tuque - Workshop Tent
1:30 Cattail Ducks for Kids - Ojibwe Village
**2:30 Basic Blacksmithing Techniques for Men - Inside Stockade
**3:30 Basic Blacksmithing Techniques for Men - Inside Stockade
** Materials Fee For These Workshops

All Day Mackinaw Boat Under Sail Dock & G.P. Bay

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10th
Presentations and Contests
All day Historic Cooking/Baking - Kitchen
9:30 Scavenger Hunt for Young’uns - Historic Encampment
10:00 Ranger Program: From Beaver to Hat - Great Hall
10:30 Story Telling With Voyageurs - Historic Encampment
11:00 Guided One Hour Archeological Site Tours - Please meet at the North Gate Information Tent
11:30 Live Lacrosse Match - Front Yard of Great Hall
12:00 Music of the Upper Missouri - Great Hall
1:00 Guided One Hour Historic Encampment Tours - Please Meet at the North Gate Information Tent
*2:00 Rugged Voyageur Contest - Inside West Gate
2:00 Guided One Hour Archeological Site Tours - Please meet at the North Gate Information Tent
3:00 “Dem Critter Boys” Puppet Show - Voyageur Encampment
3:00 Guided One Hour Historic Encampment Tours - Please Meet at the North Gate Information Tent
4:00 Ranger Program: Mad as a Hatter! - Voyageur Encampment
5:00 Monument Closes until 8:00 p.m. - Thanks for Visiting Today!
8-10 p.m. Live Music & Dance: All Welcome! - Lawn of Great Hall

Workshops (register at information tent outside of North Gate)
**10:30 Basic Blacksmithing Techniques for Women - Inside Stockade
11:00 Learn about Native Hood Head Coverings - Ojibwe Village
11:00 Kids! Make a Double Ball Game Set - Historic Encampment
11:30 Kids! Make a Guide’s Hat! - Workshop Tent
**11:30 Basic Blacksmithing Techniques for Women - Inside Stockade
2:00 Kids! Join the N. W. Company! - Historic Encampment
3:30 The Voyageur’s Tuque - Workshop Tent

All Day Mackinaw Boat Under Sail - Dock & G.P. Bay

**Denotes Materials Fee For This Workshop
*Re-enactors only for safety reasons

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11th
Presentations and Contests
10:00 Flint & Steel Fire Starting Contest - Historic Encampment
11:00 Bead Hunt for Young’uns - Historic Encampment
11:30 The Yoke’s On You! Water Lifting Contest - Warehouse Yard
1:00 Traditional Fiddling in the Fur Trade Era - Workshop Tent
2:00 Ranger Program: How’d They Do That? - Canoe Warehouse

Workshops (register at information tent outside of North Gate)
10:00 The Ojibwe Gustoweh Head Dress - Workshop Tent
11:00 Kids! Make a Guides Hat! - Workshop Tent
2:00 La Danse Crochet - Metis Dance Workshop - Workshop Tent
3:00 Ranger Program: Beyond The Beaver - Great Hall

General Information:
National Park Service staff and over 300 volunteers re-create a lively voyageur Rendezvous at the historic North West Company fur trade depot in Grand Portage, MN. Scheduled events help you learn more about the 18th Century life of traders, clerks, and native Ojibwe. Many activities, such as workshops and games/contests are open for public participation, or to simply stand back, watch, and enjoy. Register for workshops at the info. tent by the north gate. If you need information regarding the Monument and Rendezvous activities or require assistance, an information tent is set up outside the North Gate (Gate closest to the Great Hall). Park rangers are also available on site and at our Heritage Center. Rangers in historic dress will have a metal nametag with the familiar NPS arrowhead.

Historic Encampment:
The historic encampment is located east of the creek and Stockade. Please feel free to interact with historic participants. They are here to help you understand and enjoy this Rendezvous re-enactment and provide you with
an opportunity to learn more about Grand Portage and its relationship with the fur trade. Participants are eager to answer your questions, to explain activities going on in their camps, and to show you materials and equipment
they have on display.

 
Map of Historic Depot to Pow Wow Ring
Map of Pow Wow Grounds & Historic Depot (Stockade Area)

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The Traditional Gathering: Rendezvous Days Pow Wow

The Grand Portage Band of Minnesota Chippewa holds a traditional Pow Wow adjacent to the National Monument the same weekend as the Rendezvous. Visitors and tribal members alike are invited to watch and participate in ceremonial Pow Wow dances. Vendors offer a wide selection of arts, crafts and Native American food. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Grand Portage Band and its heritage.
The Grand Portage Pow Wow is a drug- and alcohol- free event. No drugs or alcohol permitted on the Grounds.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9th
10:00 Stone Bridge Singers: Welcome! - Great Hall Lawn
4:00 Bingo! - Fire Hall Garage
6:30 Old Timers Softball Game - Softball Field
7:00 Pow-Wow Warm Ups - Pow Wow Grounds

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10th
8:00 Mixed Softball Tournament (Begins) - Softball Field
9:00 Registration for 1& 3 Mile Walk Run - Grand Portage Health Services
10:00 Flag Raising Ceremony - Pow Wow Arena
10:30 1 & 3 Mile Walk Run Begins - Grand Portage School
1:00 Grand Entry: Honoring Grand Portage Veterans - Pow Wow Arena
2:00 Bingo - Fire Hall
5:00 Hand Drum Contest-First 10 Drums - Pow Wow Arena
5:00 Men’s Horseshoe Tournament - Softball Field
7:00 Evening Grand Entry - Pow Wow Arena

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11th
8:00 Softball Field Mixed Softball Tournament (Resumes) - Softball Field
8:00 Turkey Shoot - Blaze’s Pit
1:00 Grand Entry - Pow Wow Arena
2:00 Bingo - Fire Hall Garage
4:00 Raffle Drawing - Pow Wow Arena
5:00 Pow Wow Ends

Last updated: August 20, 2019

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Grand Portage, MN 55605

Phone:

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