"Wisconsin-Happy Festival State", by Eve Phillips. My husband and I love to travel in the state of Wisconsin where we live and get great pictures on the way. My name is Laurie Kutil and photography has become a great passion of mine since 2010. One thing I have learned in researching each town before visiting it is that, "Every town has it's story". When I do uncover those stories by connecting with local residents, our experience becomes so much richer. In turn, sharing the stories with you brings me joy :)
This was a great chance to further our education on the Ojibwe culture and see how they lived. Photography is allowed without flash. Lets go in!
Upon walking through the doors we heard the sound of Indian flutes and wildlife sounds. It turned out to be the music of Marina Raye. The album they were playing as background was called Nature’s Enchantment, we got a copy to bring home from their gift shop. Here is a sample of her music.
A brief history of the Ojibwe in the Lac du Flambeau region.
In the center of the round museum is a 4-season Diorama depicting how and what the Ojibwe do to gather food and other crafts and traditions practiced.
They even had cut outs to take your picture with.
A bead exhibit, on both clothing and a loom.
The Fur Trader Exhibit
Inside the trading post.
A wood face box
Birch Bark Shelter
World Record Sturgeon caught.
Dugout and Birchbark Canoes
And one of the most important activity using one of these canoes, harvesting wild rice in the late summer/early autumn. Learn more about this in the Fall diorama. Click to enlarge picture.
Here is how it is done in the traditional way.
We concluded our visit here with a stop in the gift shop. We got the cd of the music we heard during our visit, as well as maple syrup and maple sugar.
Your purchase here benefits the museum. An extra donation is also welcome. Thanks for stopping by!
We finally arrived at 7:30 AM! We left Rhinelander about 6 AM but made stops in Lake Tomahawk and Woodruff along the way. This was the northern-most point of our journey before heading toward home around 12:00.
Lac du Flambeau is a very old Ojibwe Indian community settled around 1745, and maybe much longer. It is designated as an Indian Reservation as well. Here is a brochure of the community. Here is their history in the beautiful Northwoods.
Coming here had special meaning to us because Al came here in August 1997, a month after we met. He was at the Lake of the Torches Casino with his brother at a conference. We only met a few weeks earlier and at first neither one of us expected to miss each other as much as we did. This was before there were smartphones and easy internet access away from the desktop computer at home. Al called me one night from the hotel and said he was looking out on Lake Pokegama outside his room window, and saying how much he missed me and wish I were there at the lake with him, seeing this view. Fast forward to 7-8-15. We are finally here together, seeing this view, as husband and wife 18 years later ♥
We enjoyed the delicious breakfast buffet at the Eagles Nest Restaurant. We also got introduced to the Wild Rice pancake, made to order by a chef at the cooking station. Yum! I made them at home after we got back.
It is very interesting seeing how wild rice is harvested. This is a historical clip from Canada.
After breakfast we took a tour, Al showed me what he saw when he was there in 1997. The building was quite new then and can have more guests now. The casino itself.
The Convention Center where the conference was held.
Wading pool and hot tub area.
A living room area with doors leading to a courtyard with a view of the lake. There was a stained glass decoration in the window and a wood carving in the living room too. The spot where we took our photo.
We saw a family of Common Merganser ducks in the water near the pier. I never saw those before!
After our tour we headed downtown to look around. On the lamp poles are torches, probably lit at night.