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MILWAUKEE – A centuries-old Native American tradition will take place Oct. 19-21 in Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s newly renovated Expo Center at the eighth-annual Hunting Moon (Gi Wse Gises) Pow Wow.
More than 500 dancers and over 20 drum groups from throughout the United States will perform at this year’s event, held by the Forest County Potawatomi Community. Prize money to be awarded totals more than $90,000.
Doors open at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, with the ceremonial grand entry, led by the host tribe, color guard and Pow wow head dancers and royalty kicking off festivities at 6 p.m.
Pow wows are social celebrations - many in honor of the harvest or change of seasons – and provide a time to show reverence for Mother Earth. Pow wows draw families together – from the very young to the elderly – to join in signing, dancing, fellowship and making new friendships. Attendees will witness an event steeped in tradition, from the intricate footwork and graceful movements to the beautiful regalia worn by dancers. The drumming and singing are music for the ears, with rich sounds evoking deep cultural meaning.
The Hunting Moon Pow Wow is free to attend and open to guests of all ages. For more information on the Hunting Moon Pow Wow, visit www.huntingmoonpowwow.com.
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 www.paysbig.com.