Tenth-Annual Hunting Moon Pow Wow Scheduled for Oct. 17-19 at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena


MILWAUKEE – A centuries-old Native American tradition will take place Oct. 17-19 as the tenth-annual Hunting Moon Pow Wow, hosted by the Forest County Potawatomi Community, moves from Potawatomi Hotel & Casino to UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena (formerly the U.S. Cellular Arena) in downtown Milwaukee.

“Due to the popularity of this event, we felt the time was right to move to a larger venue,” said Potawatomi Hotel & Casino General Manager Mike Goodrich. “The new location will help attract the best dancers and drum groups from across the country and offer more seating for people who want to watch the competition. We’re excited to be at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena this year and are pleased to share our Native American heritage with those who attend.”

Recently named one of the top-10 Native American Pow Wows by USA TODAY, Hunting Moon Pow Wow is a gathering that celebrates Native American culture and traditions. More than 500 dancers and 25 drum groups from across the United States and Canada are expected to compete at this year’s event, with prize money totaling nearly $100,000.

Attendees to the Pow Wow will witness several dance competitions highlighted by the beautiful regalia worn by dancers of all ages. Spectators will also enjoy the traditional drumming and singing provided by the drum groups, featuring rich sounds that evoke deep cultural meaning.

Hunting Moon Pow Wow is free to attend and will also include several vendors selling Native American arts and crafts. 

Doors at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena will open at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, 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, Oct. 18, and Sunday, Oct. 19. Grand entry times will be 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.

UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena is located at the corner of 4th Street and Kilbourn Avenue (400 W. Kilbourn Ave.) in downtown Milwaukee. Several pay parking lots are available near the arena.

For more information about Hunting Moon Pow Wow, visit www.huntingmoonpowwow.com.