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Grand Portage Rendezvous Days & Celebration Pow Wow Returns For First Time since 2019

Aug 09, 2022 02:24PM ● By Laura Durenberger
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From Visit Cook County - August 9, 2022

Grand Portage, Minn. –

What | Following cancellations in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19, Grand Portage’s Rendezvous Days & Celebration Pow Wow, sponsored by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, are returning. The annual gathering is a time when Grand Portage comes alive and reflects on its rich heritage.

Rendezvous Days is a celebration of the hustle and bustle of summer activity that peaked with the North West Company Rendezvous in 1797. Re-enactors from across the country and Canada gather, camp, and challenge each other to games and skills of the past.

The Pow Wow is an American Indian cultural gathering focused on dance, song and family celebration. It includes traditional foods, music, and craft stands along with other events in the community. Over 350 dancers participated in 2019’s Grand Portage Pow Wow. Mid-day Grand Entry Saturday and Sunday are particularly inspirational and colorful as U.S. and Canadian flags are raised to honor military veterans from Grand Portage. Staff bearers lead dancers, dressed in traditional regalia, into the Pow Wow ring. Through the Pow Wow, all people have the chance to experience Native American culture.

Visitors can expect a weekend packed with cultural events from the 1800s to 1900s, including Stonebridge singers and drumming, historic encampment and archeological site tours, as well as music, dancing, craft demonstrations, and hands-on workshops.

Where |       Grand Portage Monument Heritage Center

                       170 Mile Creek Rd.

                       Grand Portage, Minn. 55605


When |    Friday, Aug. 12 – Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022 (see full schedule for Rendezvous Days and Celebration Pow Wow)


Cost |         FREE admission (some activities charge a materials fee)


 About Visit Cook County 

Visit Cook County encompasses the northeastern Minnesota communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage, commonly referred to as “the Arrowhead” and the “North Shore of Lake Superior”.  Grand Marais, Minn., has earned several national accolades -- most recently it was named USA Today’s Best Midwestern Small Town, Outside Magazine’s The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016, and Budget Travel’s 2015 Coolest Small Town in America. Rekindle your sense of adventure by exploring the Superior National Forest or paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Discover what makes the communities of Cook County, Minn. “Naturally Unforgettable.” Connect on social media using #donorthmn, Twitter @CookCoVisitorsFacebook, or Instagram @donorthmn. Learn more at

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