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Native American Heritage Day - 11/19/2022

Saturday, November 19, 2022,11:00 AM to 3:00 PM St. Louis County Depot, Great Hall

506 West Michigan Street

Duluth, Minnesota

St. Louis County Historical Society and the 1854 Treaty Authority present Native American Heritage Day on November 19.

The event is free and open to the public.


As part of Native American Heritage Day in the Great Hall of The St. Louis County Depot on Saturday, November 19th, the St. Louis County Historical Society and its American Indian Advisory Committee* opens a new exhibit: Bandolier Bags- Identity and Artistry meets Function, November 15th through November 19th- featuring nine historic Ojibwe Bandolier Bags from our collection.

“Bandolier bags have been made by Anishinaabe people for centuries. The bags served a functional purpose as well as expressing family and clan connections. The bandolier bag has evolved over the years in its usage and meaning. Today the bandolier bag is used as a gift of honor, as a symbol of veteran service, or as an item of ceremonial dress. In addition to the exhibit, we will have a light lunch, kid’s activities, and a round dance. Round dances are a social dance that all are welcome to join in. They feature hand drummers and are a less formal and lighthearted way of Ojibwe dancing. Hope to see you there!” Michele Hakala-Beeksma, Member- American Indian Advisory Committee, Grand Portage Band Member

· November 19; throughout the day

Kids activities

Bandolier Bags- Identity and Artistry meets Function

· 11am to Noon

Presentation by Vern Zacher member of the Board of Directors of Fond Du Lac Tribal College

· Noon to 1pm

Free Light Lunch

· 1pm to 3pm

Round Dance

For additional information, images, and etc. contact Erin Hicks, Curator at 218 733.7587, email, or Ryan Kuchta, Collections Manager at 218 733.7588, email

*The American Indian Advisory Committee (AIAC) is charged with implementing Society purposes regarding American Indian people. Its mission includes:

-Advising the Society on matters relating to the research, collection, preservation, and interpretation of Minnesota Indian peoples’ history and pre-history.

-Assisting in the planning, development, and evaluation of such activities and initiatives as exhibitions, publications, public programs, curatorial policy, and access to data and information that pertains to Indian history and culture.Serving as a resource and liaison between the Society and Indian peoples of the region.

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