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Historic Trade Route Celebration set Saturday in Outing

Demonstrations and activities abound Saturday for the Historic Trade Route Celeb

OUTING — With the confirmation that two of Minnesota’s best flintknappers (makers of stone tools) — Rod Johnson and Dan Wendt — are coming to Outing, the cast is set for Saturday’s Historic Trade Route Celebration.

Geographer Joseph Nicollet will lead the 10 a.m.-arriving canoe expedition. His troupe will be aboard handmade birch bark canoes — from medium-sized to two that can each carry 14 adults.  

Also included will be the great North Country cedar-strip canoes from Mille Lacs Kathio State Park for archaeologist-led 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 18 passengers (reservations are requested and may be made at the site if seats are available).

Saturday’s schedule

9 a.m.-5 p.m. — Demonstration and storytelling at various locations (maps provided).

9 a.m. — Archeologists discuss bridge artifacts at the Narrows. Local artifacts 2,000-plus years old, Hamline University student team assisting.

10 a.m. — Nicollet canoe expedition with authentic birch bark canoes will arrive at the Narrows  (join in with your own canoe); Native elders will greet and welcome them.

10:30 a.m. — Land O’ Lakes Marine Flintknappers, pottery demonstration and birch bark canoes on exhibit.

11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. — Archaeologist-conducted canoe rides in “cedar-strip cargo canoes.” Sign up and depart from the dock across from The Outing Station.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Luscher Park — Leech Lake dancers, Leech Lake drummers (singers).

Other demonstrations and information:

11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. — The Village Inn: CIRHN, Archaeology Display, from South Roosevelt Lake. RALALA barbecue.

Outing Library, sponsored book signing, historic materials available.

Noon-2 p.m.: RALALA silent auction.

8:30 p.m.: Live music at the Narrows.