Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

This museum and trading post are about 1.5 hours north of the twin cities on 169.  It is a small museum about the history and culture of the Ojibwa Indians in the area, and the trading post is from the turn of the century when a couple built it to trade with the them.  Through the years, they collected local artifacts to start the idea of the museum.  From there, the local tribes people built the museum, including a four seasons diorama of life for the tribe in the 18th century.  The little houses on the lower picture are cabins that used to be available to the public to rent, when the couple owned the trading post.  The post was restored to early 1900s period.  

I came here a few years ago with my family to watch a powwow.  Now I came back on my own to see it again, spending more time there.  If you are interested in the local Indian culture, this might be an interesting day trip for you.  Across the street is the casino, in case you are interested in that!  Otherwise, it is part of the Great River Road Scenic Byway.  It is also a part of the Minnesota Historical Society, which is an excellent resource to learn about our great state!

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