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Education Day:  Sept. 5, 2014

Aineen! Posho! Boozhoo! She ku! Aho! Hello!

Indian Summer Education Day or ED Day

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.

But for a more rigorous study of Great Lakes people, educators from Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, UW-Extension and the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife will be graciously presenting a morning and afternoon mini-workshop with online teaching materials at the ready.  Part of this curriculum will include a presentation on the G'WOW (Gikinoo’wizhiwe Onji Waaban) - Changing Climate, Changing Culture program.  This nationally recognized teaching model is based on an investigation of the impacts of climate change on key plant and animal species still heavily relied upon by Indigenous peoples.

This workshop platform will be a test for the viability of future Education Day programming that would allow Wisconsin educators to more readily meet the guidelines of Act 31; a requirement that applies to individuals who in addition to seeking licensure or certification in the state of Wisconsin, must have some instruction in American Indian history, culture and sovereignty.


CLICK HERE for the 2013 Education Day Registration form.


Craft demonstrations, cultural performances, villages with authentic recreations of dwellings, lacrosse demonstrations, and a fine arts area are among the attractions planned for students. The day also includes a mini pow wow. American Indian artwork, crafts, and food are available for purchase. Additionally, for a nominal fee, children can participate in various hands-on craft activities.

Registration Information
For planning purposes, early registration is requested by Friday, August 23, 2013. The cost for education day is $6.00 per ticket for both students and adults . While payment by August 24 expedites entry onto the grounds, payment is also accepted at the Indian Summer office through August 31 (we will be located on the festival grounds beginning Tuesday, September 3, 2013) or upon arrival on the grounds on September 7.


Educational Resources for Teachers / Indian Nations of Wisconsin

- 2012 schedule is coming soon!
Wayfinding Map of Festival Grounds
Teacher Information
Bus Driver Letter
Bus Driver Map
Printable Registration Form


2013 Event Partners

   Cedar Crest Ice Cream link

Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission        Indian Community School logo