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2019 Grand Portage Rendezvous Days

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Experience 1790s fur trade life at the Annual Grand Portage Rendezvous Days on August 9-11, 2019 at the Grand Portage Monument Heritage Center in Grand Portage, Minnesota. Explore the reconstructed 1790s fur trade depot and the historic voyageurs’ encampment. Try your hand at making cornhusk dolls and voyageur action figures, fire starting with flint and steel, and watch as the roughest men of the Old Northwest and the daintiest of ladies compete in a Voyageur pentathlon.

Grand Portage Rendezvous Days

Come test your throwing arm in our “Throw the Dough” contest. The event is open to the general public, with a scavenger hunt, a bead hunt, and a story telling especially for youngsters. National Monument rangers and costumed historical reenactors help bring history alive in this fun-filled weekend event. This event is free and open to everyone. There is no park or event admission fee, though donations are welcome.

This year’s Grand Portage Rendezvous Days is expected to feature over 300 volunteer reenactors. Join a tour of the historic encampment or participate in the contests and workshops. There is something for everyone!

Location
Grand Portage Monument Heritage Center
170 Mile Creek Rd.
Grand Portage, MN 55605

For more Rendezvous & Vendor information: Contact Grand Portage National Monument at (218) 475-0123.

About Grand Portage Rendezvous Days Celebration Pow Wow
The annual Rendezvous Days Celebration Pow Wow, sponsored by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe), is celebrated every year during the second weekend of August in conjunction with the Grand Portage Rendezvous Days. The annual gathering is their biggest of the year, a time when Grand Portage comes alive and reflects on its rich heritage. Reenactors from across the country and Canada gather to camp and challenge each other to games and skills from our historic past, next door to the pow wow at the Grand Portage Historic Rendezvous Encampment. View Grand Portage Rendezvous Days Celebration Pow Wow Details

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Schedule of Activities, Events, and Workshops (Subject to Change)
Friday Activities
9:00am – 5:00pm Historic Cooking & Baking North West Company Kitchen
10:00 Stone Bridge Singers Drum Ceremony Great Hall Lawn
11:00 NWCo Partners Arrival Ceremony Begins at the Dock
11:30 Dainty Voyageur Contest West Lawn
12:00 Historic Encampment Tour Meet at North Gate Information Tent
1:00 18th Century Puppet Show: Punch & Judy Historic Encampment
2:00 18th Century Music Jam Great Hall porch
3:00 Historic Encampment Tour Meet at North Gate Information Tent
3:00 Throw the “Dough” Contest Great Hall Lawn
5:30 Historic Encampment Tour Meet at North Gate Information Tent
Friday Workshops
10:00 18th Century Clothing Mending & Patching Workshop Tent
11:30 Cornhusk Dolls/Voyageurs For Young’uns Workshop Tent
11:30 Scottish Music & Haggis Making Historic Encampment
1:00 French Spool Knitting for Kids Workshop Tent
1:30 Tinsmithing for Kids Demonstration Area Inside Stockade
2:30 Basic Blacksmithing Techniques for Men Demonstration Area

Saturday Activities
9:00am – 5:00pm Historic Cooking & Baking North West Company Kitchen
9:30 Scavenger Hunt for Young’uns Historic Encampment
10:30 NWC Gentlemen Conduct a Business Meeting Great Hall
11:00 18th Century Lacrosse Demonstration Great Hall Lawn
11:30 Lacrosse Match Great Hall Lawn
12:00 18th Century Puppet Show: Punch & Judy Workshop Tent
1:00 Historic Encampment Tour Meet at North Gate Information Tent
2:00 Rugged Voyageur Contest (Reenactors only) West Lawn
2:00 Voyageur Storytelling and Song Historic Encampment
3:00 Historic Encampment Tour Meet at North Gate Information Tent
3:00 Music by “Over the Waterfall” Great Hall Lawn
5:30 Historic Encampment Tour Meet at North Gate Information Tent
8:00 Live Music & Dance, open to the public Great Hall Lawn
10:00 Music & Dancing conclude
Saturday Workshops
10:00 Turning a Sailor’s Fid-18th Century Style Demonstration Area
10:30 Basic Blacksmithing Techniques for Women Demonstration Area ($ fee)
11:00 Make and Stamp a Vermillion Packet Workshop Tent

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Sunday Activities
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 Fiddling in the Fur Trade Workshop Tent
2:00 Bagpipes of the NWCo Great Hall Lawn
Sunday Workshops
10:00 Tinsmithing for Adults Demonstration Area Inside Stockade
11:00 Branding the Phyn & Elice Shipment Mark Historic Encampment

About The Grand Portage National Monument
The Grand Portage National Monument is a U.S. national monument located on the North Shore of Lake Superior. This historical place was the center of fur trade activity and the Native America Ojibwe heritage. The monument is surrounded by 710 acres within the boundaries of Grand Portage Ojibwe Indian Reservation and is the location of the annual Rendezvous Days Celebration Pow Wow and Grand Portage Rendezvous.

About The Grand Portage
The Grand Portage is an 8.5-mile historic trade route of the French-Canadian voyageurs that passes through waterfalls and rapids that flow into Lake Superior. It became the gateway into rich northern fur-bearing country, where it connected remote interior outposts to lucrative international markets. In August every year, the voyageurs would show up and the company owners would come from Europe, and Grand Portage became a rough and tumble celebration. After the celebration, the furs were loaded aboard massive voyageur canoes and paddled across the Great Lakes and eventually shipped to Europe where many became hats. In the states, the voyageurs would carry trade goods up the portage and then paddle 100s of miles back to their outposts. This repeated until beaver was almost extinct. Luckily for the beaver, the fur hats that their pelts were used went out of fashion.

Now, each year on the second weekend of August, fur trade reenactors descend on Grand Portage, sent up canvas tents, haul birchbark canoes around and the weekend becomes a fun family weekend. The local tribe’s powwow also goes on at the same time.

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Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Grand Portage Rendezvous Days at the Grand Portage Monument Heritage Center in Grand Portage, Minnesota.

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