Two of Minnesota’s best flintknappers (makers of stone tools) – Rod Johnson and Dan Wendt — are coming to Outing on Aug. 11.
“Archaeology is like dropping a history book on its spine, and seeing to which page it opens – and then learning the story of history on that page,” Jim Jones, cultural director of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, said.
This event in Outing might well be Minnesota’s largest “citizen’s involvement day in archaeology.” Joining Johnson, Wendt and Jones will be many of the rest of the state’s premier archaeologists. These experts, who themselves are learning the 8,000 year-old story of the area, have learned and now practice many of the skills used by woodland cultures to survive — and even thrive — in a dynamic environment. Jim Cummings from DNR Parks and Recreation at Kathio State Park, Pat Emerson from MHS Fort Snelling, Grant Goltz and Christy Hohman who are deeply engaged in many area archaeological investigations, as well as Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office expert Dave Mather are expected to participate. The day also offers visitors the invitation to “bring-in your archaeological finds” and have an expert evaluate its significance, as well as to help begin a new history mapping project by recording the location of each find.
This year, a number of skilled Ojibwe artisans and crafters will join in to demonstrate native beading, quill work, birch bark arts and crafts, moccasin making (then and now), pottery construction, and birch bark canoe construction. Food and beverages will be available as well.
Leading the 10:a.m. arrival of the canoe expedition will be interpreter/guide/trapper Brunia — or Brunette as the French recorded his name. As the son of a French fur trader father and an Ojibwe mother, Brunia helped guide Joseph Nicollet 1836’s map- making effort through the area.
His troupe will be aboard handmade birch bark canoes — from medium sized to a new one exceeding 22 feet. There will be some smaller (13-foot) ones on display around Outing, and some may be for sale.
The arrival will also feature the two great North Country cedar-strip canoes from Kathio State Park — which will then be the vehicles for archaeologist-led “Paddling into the Past” canoe tours from the Outing Station dock at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. — each tour can accommodate up to 18 passengers. A reservation is requested and can be made at the site if seats available.
This year, the Ojibwe and archaeological story of the Nicollet Journey from Crow Wing Lake through Lake Roosevelt is being aired in daily five minute segments on KAXE and KBXE (89.9 FM, 90.5 FM, or 91.7 FM) at 7:10 a.m. and 5:50 p.m.
Sponsored by The Outing Area Chamber of Commerce, Itasca Leathergoods LLC, Pestellos, RALALA, and The Outing Area Library, the day in Outing will provide clues and insights into history dating as far back as 8,000 years ago.
A sketch of the calendar of events includes:
9 a.m.– 4 p.m. around Outing — Demonstrations and storytelling at various locations (maps provided). Birch bark canoes on exhibit at various locations
9 a.m. — Land O’ Lakes Marine — Archaeologists “Artifacts Road Show” – Bring in artifacts for review and evaluation,
• Flint knappers demonstrate;
• Local artifacts — 2,000-plus-years-old artifacts found locally, Hamline University student team assisting.
• Artifacts displayed from various sites and types that show history over thousands of years
• Cuyuna Iron Range Heritage Network’s (CIRHN) display of artifacts from Lake Roosevelt sites.
• Sponsor — Itasca Leathergoods, LLC — will display and demonstrate modern moccasin techniques.
• Display of Ojibwe moccasins and beading
• Just Up North — Birch bark artisans workshop and demonstration and sale.
• Yarn Shop — Ojibwe Beading and Quill artisan demonstration and sale, display of Ojibwe beadings.
10 a.m. – Pestellos Bar & Grill (sponsor of shuttle van from CLT Hall through Outing).
• Birch Bark Canoe Expedition will arrive.
• Ceremonial greetings and arriving comments will be offered
• Fur Trader’s “Precious Box of Curiosities”
• Outing Area Library display and book sale
10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. — Outing Station and Boutique
• Indian Tacos and Fry bread for sale.
• Beverages and snack foods.
11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. — The Outing Dock
• Archaeologist-conducted canoe rides in “cedar strip cargo canoes.”
• Sign-up and depart from the dock across from The Outing Station
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. - Luscher Park (Performers have to leave for their POWWOW by 2 p.m.)
• Native Youth dance demonstration
• Native Youth drummers (singers)
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. — Luscher Park – Shuttle Van operates until 3:30 p.m.
• Pottery demonstration
• Birch bark canoe making — canoes for sale as well.
11:30 a.m. — 5 p.m. - The Village Inn – Shuttle Van operates until 3:30 p.m.
• RALALA barbecue
• Outing Library — sponsored book signing, historic materials available.
Noon – 2 p.m. — The Village Inn — Shuttle Van operates until 3:30 p.m.
• RALALA Silent Auction.
8:30PM live music at The Village Inn.