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Natural Awakenings Milwaukee

Indian Summer Festival Celebrates Rich and Diverse Culture

Sep 02, 2015 12:49PM

The 2015 Indian Summer Festival, the largest in North America, will take place September 11 through 13 at Maier Festival Park, in Milwaukee. The theme for this year’s festival is “Gathering of the Clans,” and examines the social and political systems of the Great Lakes tribes. Indian Summer Festival highlights traditional and contemporary American Indian music and dance, lifestyle and customs.

The Living Cultures area will feature clan-based programming with storytelling, dance, artisan demonstrations, games and dance performances. The program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funding by the state of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Festival favorites returning this year include contest Pow Wow; lacrosse demonstrations; music and dance; traditional villages showcasing tribe culture and diversity; traditional foods such as frybread, Indian tacos, bison burgers and wild rice; and grilling demonstrations using Native American foods.

Cost: $15 adults; $12 for 60 and up; free for children under 12. Free admission promotions apply on certain days—check website for details. For more information, call 414-604-1000 or visit

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