28th Winter Pow Wow March 9-10 includes special entertainment
Pow wow hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Special entertainment is a highlight of the Indian Summer Festival 28th Annual Winter Pow Wow on March 9 and 10. The Jamie Kelli Band performs from 5-6 p.m. on Saturday, and Paco Fralick performs following the Prayer Ceremony on Sunday.
The Jamie Kelli Band performs “a little rock, a little blues, a little country, a little R & B” – something for everybody in the audience. Paco Fralick is a contemporary Ojibwe singer/songwriter whose his original music is a unique blend of country, folk, pop and Native Americana.
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.
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.
Pow wow Emcee is Dylan Prescott, Arena Director is Ronnie Preston, Host Drum is Tomahawk Circle and Head Veteran is Brian Jackson. Also planned is a smoke dance “special.” (A special is a contest sponsored by an individual or group at a pow wow.) The smoke dance special is sponsored by Southeastern Oneida Tribal Services, and all smoke dancers are invited to join in the special. There also will be a youth special, sponsored by the Indian Community School.
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 traditional foods as well as other family-friendly fare such as hot dogs and soft drinks. Indian Summer welcomes back traditional food vendors John Fowler and the Grieger family’s Whitefeather, represented by a second generation, Ron and Winona Grieger.
A non-denominational 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.
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