Grand Portage Rendezvous Days

The Grand Portage Rendezvous Days is an event that celebrates the Ojibwe culture and historic fur trade. The historic trade took place between the Ojibwe and French in the 1730’s, and the Ojibwe and British in the 1760’s. During this time, traders made a nine-mile portage, named the Grand Portage, around the Pigeon River. The portage allowed them to access the fur-rich areas of the state and establish trading relationships.

Mid-day Grand Entry Saturday and Sunday are particularly inspirational and colorful as the U.S. flags are raised by military veterans from Grand Portage, and staff bearers lead dancers, dressed in traditional regalia, into the Pow Wow ring. Throughout the Pow Wow, everyone has the chance to experience Native American culture in a wonderful way.

Grand Portage Rendezvous and Pow-Wow

Pow Wow Schedule (subject to Change)

Friday
10 am Great Hall- Rendezvous Days Pow Wow Welcome & Arrival
4 pm Bingo (Fire Hall Garage)
6:30 pm Old Timer’s Softball Game
7 pm Pow Wow Warm-Ups

Saturday
8 am Mixed Softball Tournament
9 am Registration or 1 & 3 Mile Walk-Run
1 am Flag Raising
10:30 am Walk-Run Begins
1 pm Grand Entry Pow Wow Grounds
2 pm Bingo (Fire Hall Garage)
3:30 pm Pricess/Brave Contest (Jr & Sr)
5 pm Men’s Horseshoe Tournament
5 pm Feast (Pow Wow Grounds)
6 pm Hand Drum Contest – 1st 15 Drums
7 pm Grand Entry (Pow Wow Resumes)

Sunday
8 am Mixed Softball Tournament
8 am Breakfast (Pow Wow Grounds)
8 am Flag Raising
8 am Turkey Shoot (Blazes Pit)
1 pm Grand Entry Pow Wow Grounds
2 pm Bingo (Fire Hall Garage)
4 pm Raffle Drawing

The Grand Portage Band of Minnesota Chippewa holds its traditional Grand Portage Rendezvous Days Celebration Pow Wow adjacent to the Grand Portage National Monument the same weekend as Grand Portage Rendezvous Days. 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. Families are highly encouraged to attend this event which is held each August

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