Indian Summer Festival
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27th Winter Pow Wow welcomes everyone

There are plenty of opportunities for audience members to participate in the pow wow.

By - Feb 14th, 2018 02:06 pm
2013 Indian Summer. Photo by Angela Morgan

2013 Indian Summer. Photo by Angela Morgan

Indian Summer Festival’s 27th Annual Winter Pow Wow brings excitement, color and pageantry to Milwaukee, March 10 and 11.

The pow wow is held at Wisconsin State Fair Park, Wisconsin Products Pavilion, 640 S. 84th St. (gate 5). This traditional pow wow brings people together to dance, sing, socialize, shop, eat and have a great time.

The pow wow opens with the pageantry of the “not to be missed” Grand Entry. All the dancers line up by dance style and age, then enter the arena while a host drum sings a special song.

There are plenty of opportunities for audience members to participate in the pow wow. When an intertribal dance is announced by the pow wow emcee, the general public is invited to join in the dance.

Audience members can expect to see dancers representing the 11 Federally recognized tribes of Wisconsin, in addition to veterans who also play a key role in the pow wow.

Pow wow Emcee is Evan Logan, Arena Director is Shane Webster, Host Drum is Motown and Head Veteran is Bully Tomaw. Special entertainment includes Aztec dancers and Darren Thompson.

The pow wow features an extensive marketplace where vendors offer arts and crafts, traditional foods and herbs, jewelry, books and other items for purchase.

Food vendors will offer fry bread and Indian Tacos, corn soup, turkey, as well as other family-friendly fare such as hot dogs and soft drinks. A cultural prayer ceremony will be held Sunday at 10 a.m., and all are welcome to attend.

Pow wow hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Grand entry times are at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Those attending the Prayer Ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday morning are admitted free.

Admission for the general public is $10, for elders 60 and over is $8, and children 12 and under are free.

Dates for the 2018 Indian Summer Festival are Sept. 7-9 at Maier Festival Park
(Summerfest grounds) and marks the 32nd anniversary for the fest.

Indian Summer Festival is North America’s largest American Indian festival of its kind and provides an entertaining, fun and educational family experience with American Indian traditions joined by contemporary features.

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