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Did you know that Milwaukee is the home to one of biggest and most popular pow-wows in the United States? That means Milwaukee is able to witness some of the best dancing and singing competition around.
A free event your family won’t want to miss, Hunting Moon Pow Wow takes place Oct. 19-21 at the UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena, and attracts hundreds of competitors from all over the country. Attend any of the three days and you will witness Native dancing, sounds and artistry like you’ve never experienced before.
In the spectacular Native dances, each dancer dons their best regalia, adorns themselves with beadwork and performs specific, specialized footwork in hopes of taking home a coveted champion jacket and prize money.
Common rules for competing dancers include:
Hunting Moon Pow Wow’s high-stakes singing/drumming contests attract some of the most popular drum groups in Indian Country, all coming to our city to chase a first-place payout: $13,000.
Common drum competition rules include:
Like other celebrations, the Hunting Moon Pow Wow will feature Native American cuisine like Indian tacos, wild rice casserole, chili and more. Plus, many vendors sell handmade crafts, jewelry and accessories, so make sure you check it out!