indian summer festival
Photos by Bob Uecke
North America’s Largest
brings excitement to Milwaukee's lakefront, Sept. 7-9
Indian Summer Festival highlights traditional and contemporary American Indian music and dance, lifestyle and customs, food and demonstrations.
The festival welcomes back Brule and fireworks on Saturday night. (Brule is known for thrilling audiences with a merging of cultural rock, traditional dancers in full regalia and theatrical instrumentations.)
Favorites returning this year include:
• Nationally known contemporary and traditional performers
• Traditional areas showcasing native crafts people
• Food demos featuring traditional ingredients
• Amateur boxing Olympic-style
• 14th Annual Indian Summer Music Awards
• Circle of Art featuring Native artists
• Marketplace with Native American inspired goods
• Sunday Prayer Ceremony
• Canoe Rides
• Plant Walks in Lakeshore State Park
• Vendors offering frybread, Indian tacos, bison burgers and wild rice
• NEW THIS YEAR: Thrilling aerial dance by Anna Belle Aerial and Scott Ward Comedic hypnotist.
Friday: Education Day 9am- 2:30pm; General Public 4pm-midnight
All three days at Milwaukee's Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds).
For more information visit indiansummer.org
The Contest Pow Wow Unforgettable sights and sounds as dancers of all ages compete. Festival goers are encouraged to participate in "intertribals" where all are invited to join in.
Sports Lacrosse demos focus on fun, interactive activities. Another sports highlight is Olympic-style amateur boxing.