Exhibits at the Legend House

The Bois Forte Heritage Center & Cultural Museum offers 3,000 square feet of exhibits, with the Bois Forte Band deciding how content is displayed and described. Many items displayed were repatriated from other museums, donated by various people, or artwork contributed by tribal members.

Veterans Wall

Portraits of servicemen on display

This wall is dedicated to the Bois Forte Band members who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. They are highly honored for their service to our country.

Mural of Migration

Informational painting with context diagram

This mural shows the journey of the Bois Forte Band from the East Coast to where we are now in the Great Lakes Region.

Boarding School Exhibit

Historical display of a boarding school

Dedicated to our ancestors so we may always remember the past and the tremendous effect it still has today.

Lifeway Exhibit

Displays containing headdresses and garments

Includes displays, ricing, bead work, and basketry.

Other Exhibits Include:

Maps – Artifacts – Constellation Ceiling – 1866 Gold Mine – Birch Bark Dwelling
Fur Trading Post – Waaginogan/Wigiam created by an Elder

Gift Shop & Souvenirs

Most of the items in the gift shop such as the birch bark, beaded items, and artwork, are made by the talented artists of the Bois Forte Band and bought by the museum to sell in the gift shop. Our most popular gift shop item is our wild rice, which is harvested every fall when people bring in their finished rice to sell. Money made by our members is used for their children’s school clothing or to pay bills. We also have bead and bead supplies available for sale for artists in the area and make birch bark gift baskets, which can be filled with our wild rice, jellies, and various memorabilia from the gift shop. The Bois Forte Heritage Center and Cultural Museum has Carl Gawboy and Joe Geshick prints for sale, with photos of the available work down further on the page. Contact us today to learn more about our gift baskets and other items from the gift shop.

The Bois Forte Heritage Center and Cultural Museum’s mission is “To preserve and perpetuate Ojibwe culture and to advance understanding by presenting with dignity and respect, the accomplishments and evolving history of the Bois Forte people of northern Minnesota.” The Bois Forte Heritage Center and Cultural Museum does not sell anything considered sacred including sage, sweet grass, cedar, drums, pipes, or anything else considered to be sacred. The focus is on teaching the culture of the Bois Forte Band so our visitors will have a greater appreciation and understanding of our people.

Gift shop at the Bois Forte Heritage Center
Locally harvested wild rice for sale
Traditional garments on display in the Bois Forte gift shop
Trinkets offered at the gift shop
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Wide array of colorful beads for sale at the gift shop
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Compass style painting depicting circle of life
"Circle of Life" Joe Geshick
Painting of a turtle
"The Turtle" Joe Geshick
Painting of a woman collecting water from a stream
"Morning Chores" - Carl Gawboy
Painting of a man and woman harvesting wild rice on a canoe
"Wild Rice" - Carl Gawboy