Take a trip into the world of British fur traders, voyageurs and the Ojibwe, ca. 1804. Visit a working voyageur camp, trading post and Ojibwe encampment. Explore exhibits on the fur trade and the cultures it brought together. Plus, demonstrations, guided tours and Snake River trails.
All programs support state of Minnesota academic standards in social studies.
Visit www.mnhs.org/nwcnotes to read short essays, a vocabulary list and articles from Minnesota History magazine that will give you additional material to help teach the fur trade in your classroom.
Younger students discover the similarities and differences between the world of 1804 and today. They'll explore the interior of the Ojibwe wigwam, visit the traders' living quarters and learn how toys of the time period were fashioned out of the materials at hand.
Students step back in time and learn about the interaction between British traders and the Ojibwe in east central Minnesota, giving them a glimpse into this important time period spanning almost 200 years before statehood. Through an interactive game they will gain knowledge of hunting and gathering as a successful way of life and discover the importance of the trade by fashioning a voyageur pouch.
Who made these tools? How were they used? Investigate tools of the past by handling reproductions to learn the lost art of starting fires without matches. Students learn to look at objects and see the stories that they tell about people of the past.
Activities at the post quieted down for the winter, but today things are just getting started. During the winter months your students will hear stories told in the wigwam, play a spirited game of snow snake and identify animal tracks while snowshoeing at the site. Experience winter life as the voyageurs did!
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