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Ninth-Annual Hunting Moon Pow Wow—October 18-20

A centuries-old Native American tradition will take place October 18-20 in Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s Expo Center at the ninth-annual Hunting Moon (Gi Wse Gises) Pow Wow, a free family event that is open to guests of all ages. 

What is a pow wow?

Pow wows are traditional Native American social celebrations that draw families together – from the very young to the elderly – to join in signing, dancing and fellowship. Attendees will witness an event steeped in tradition, from the intricate footwork and graceful movements to the beautiful regalia worn by the dancers.

More than 500 dancers and 25 drum groups from across the United States and Canada will compete at this year’s event, hosted by the Forest County Potawatomi Community. Prize money to be awarded totals more than $95,000. 

2013 Pow Wow Schedule

Doors open at 3 p.m. Friday, October 18 and a ceremonial grand entry, led by the host tribe, color guard and Pow Wow head dancers and royalty, will kick things off in style at 6 p.m. The Pow Wow will continue over the weekend with doors opening at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20. Grand entry times will be 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. 

Native American Crafts and Cuisine

In addition to the competition, there will be plenty more for guests to do and see during this year’s event. A variety of vendors will be selling Native American arts and crafts while traditional Native American foods will be available for purchase in the casino’s food court.

Free Concert—Brulé in Milwaukee

New this year will be a free performance by top-selling recording artists Brulé at 9:30 p.m. Friday, October 18 in The Northern Lights Theater. The group combines music and dancing to create a unique show that blends contemporary Native American sounds and rhythms. The show is limited to guests 21 and older only. 

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Potawatomi Bingo Casino is one of two casinos owned and operated by the Forest County Potawatomi Community. It is located at 1721 W. Canal Street, Milwaukee, Wis. The casino is a showcase for high stakes bingo, offering some of the nation's highest daily payouts.  A popular attraction for local guests, tourists and tour groups, the casino features blackjack, craps, poker, and roulette table games, video and reel slot machines, off-track betting, and a variety of live entertainment.  Potawatomi Bingo Casino is committed to raising awareness of the risks of problem gambling, maintaining a level of first-class customer service, while investing in its most valuable asset – its 2,600 multicultural employees.  Through the Forest County Potawatomi Community Foundation and Miracle on Canal Street, the casino supports numerous local charities and community organizations. Driving directions and more information about Potawatomi Bingo Casino can be obtained by calling toll-free, 1-800-PAYS-BIG or by visiting the website at

Ninth Annual Hunting Moon Pow Wow