Replica Cultural Site at ACNW – “Ruffed Grouse Village”
apashki daawin, or “Ruffed Grouse Village” is tucked away on a peaceful hill canopied by old growth oaks and majestic red pines overlooking a fog misted marshland. apashki daawin represents the changing of the four seasons, with multiple unique structures filled with time appropriate, handmade artifacts, animal hides, and games. This setting, as well as stories, provide hands-on interactions representing Minnesota’s Anishinabe and Dakota native cultures throughout the thirteen moons.
With the update of our cultural site we are able to generate new curriculum infused with Minnesota’s history. One transformation is the refinement of our “Ojibwe Hike” class. In addition, one key development is our new and upcoming “Fur Trade” class which will utilize apashki daawin to represent cultural importances.
Once the construction is completed, our hope is to have a medicine man bless apashki daawin in honor of its purpose: to allow people of all ages a place to experience how life once was in our own region.
We have only been able to fulfill this dream through the generous donations of time, materials and animal artifacts. Thank you to all who have been involved!