The 2019 Pow Wow has officially kicked off the Pow Wow season in Wisconsin with the 28th Annual Pow Wow hosted by Indian Summer Festivals, Inc. This Native American social gathering was held at the State Fair Park in West Allis, Wisconsin. This particular Pow Wow included Native American dancing dressed in full regalia as well as offering many Intertribal Dances where everybody in the audience regardless of race or whether wearing ordinary clothes could come on down and dance right alongside the Native Americans dressed in regalia. In addition there was a dance contest featuring the best non-native dancers wearing ordinary clothes direct from the audience. The Best Dancer was determined by the Dancer with the most applauses. Doing this welcomes all races into celebrating by bringing a positive sense of community. This is a Traditional Pow Wow, Oneida South Eastern Tribal Services offered a special Smoke Dance Contest for $1,000.
Unlike most Pow Wows, there were many other events included this weekend. Sunday March 10, 2019 offered free admission to the Pow Wow for everyone who attended the 10 am Prayer Service. The Prayer Service included drumming by the Congregation of the Great Spirit, as well as singing from their Ojibwe Singers Choir. Prayers were led by Father Ed Cook. A traditional water blessing with spring water and cedar to honor the coming of Spring was shared with all attendees.. After the Prayer Service, the audience was serenaded by an Ojibwe Folk Singer Tom Denny.
One of the highlights of the Pow Wow was the featuring dancing of young Aztec Dancers.
Also, there were food with plenty of food vendors serving Indian Fry Bread Tacos. Plenty of native vendors selling a wide range of beadwork, music, books, crafts, t-shirts and so much more!
Ms. C. Scheuerell Ojibwe from Milwaukee, Wisconsin a former Patient Care Assistant of the Veterans Hospital said, “I had a great time at this Winter Pow Wow! I can’t dance like I used to due to my physical limitations, but it was great to see all my friends again. Chi Miigwetch!”
Yes it is now Pow Wow season!