The diversity represented at Indian Summer Festival’s Education Day is deep and palpable - like the reverberating beats of ancient community drums. We welcome you to take part in this very special day reserved solely for teachers and students interested in building their knowledge of Wisconsin tribes and cultural traditions, making curriculum connections and feasting on traditional foods.
Education Day has been a foundational building block of Indian Summer cured by the suns of twenty-seven years since the festival mounted its inaugural powwow. An accomplishment indeed, but compared to the time Indigenous people have inhabited the Western Great Lakes region it is but a breath. The land and its resources have provided life’s breath for our people and from it emerged lifeways that are still alive today.
Teachers and students will be able to experience traditional Wisconsin Indian villages painstakingly mounted on the Summerfest grounds, a powwow demonstration with both traditional and competition powwow dancers, a child’s sized frybread taco food sampler at a reduced rate, traditional activities like the game of lacrosse (now widely taken up by non-Indian players and institutions across North America) and the production of cultural material with Wisconsin tribal artists and crafts(wo)men.
SEE LIVE INDIAN HORSES THIS YEAR AND A HOST OF FUN AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS!
The Lakota story of The Horse Nation Learn the Horse Nation song and hear stories about growing up with wild horses in the Badlands and New Mexico.
Create art and learn about Plains Indian ledger art with Milwaukee Public Museum A brief background on plains ledger art that frequently included horses will be shared by Staff of MPM. The ways that art showed how life was changing for them during a difficult time will be explored. Students will have the opportunity to illustrate their own story through art!
Medallion the Stallion and Painted Ponies Visit Medallion and his friends and learn about how horses impacted the lives of American Indian Tribes in Wisconsin and beyond!
Indigenous Plants presented by Boerner Botanical Gardens Plants come from all different places! But what is an indigenous plant? Find out more as Boerner Botanical Gardens brings plants from their gardens to the Festival. Visitors will also learn about how to make worm food!
Get Active with LaCrosse and Boxing Demonstrations Learn about these two exciting sports and the roles they plan in Native American life today.
Native American Villages See how different tribes lived in the past and today by visiting several villages throughout the festival.
For planning purposes, early registration is requested by Friday, August 22, 2014. The cost for education day is $6.00 per ticket for both students and adults . While payment by August 22 expedites entry onto the grounds, payment is also accepted at the Indian Summer office through August 29 (we will be located on the festival grounds beginning Tuesday, September 2, 2014) or upon arrival on the grounds on September
PLEASE CALL (414) 604-1000 IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS.
Educational Resources for Teachers / Indian Nations of Wisconsin
Bus Driver Letter
Bus Driver Map
Printable Registration Form
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