The Indian Summer Festival is being held on the lakefront in Milwaukee, Wisc. on Fri., Sat. and Sun., Sept. 6-7-8, 2013. The 27th Indian Summer celebration is held at Henry Maier Festival Park, also known as the Summerfest Grounds, in Milwaukee, which is about 90 miles north of Chicago, Ill.
This year's celebration, Great Lakes - Great Nations, features the Native American people who resided in the Great Lakes region or the past five centuries. The Great Lakes, a chain of lakes that runs from New York to Minnesota, is comprised of: Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.
The weekend gathering on the lakefront is both educational and entertaining. The festival highlights include Pow Wow, Indian arts & crafts, food, music, tribal villages, market place, canoe rides, LaCrosse, Native American fashion, Olympic Boxing, Tribal Farmers Market and more.
Pow Wow time is the Native American people's way of meeting together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships and making new ones.
The Pow Wow is a colorful spectacle of Native American singing, dancing and greeting each other. The Pow Wow at the Indian Summer Festival is one of the main attractions of the fest. Native Americans and visitors sit on bleachers that surround the Pow Wow dancers and witness a part of history.
The lineup of entertainment includes: Brule, Indian Summer All-Star Band, Go Native Now, Aztec, Native American Children's Fashion Show, Native Pride Dancers, Michael Jacobs, Cody Blackbird and the ISMA (Indian Summer Music Awards) Showcase. The Fiddle and Jig Contest is on Sat., Sept. 7.
A special service honoring the first Native American Saint, Kateri Tekakwitha, will be held on Sun., Sept 8 at 10 a.m. at the Marcus Amphitheater on the festival grounds. Kateri Tekakwitha, was known as “Lily of the Mohawks” or the “Pocahontas of the Catholic Church”. In Oct., 2012, she was one of seven people canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in a ceremony held at Saint Peter's Square in Rome, Italy. Tekakwitha was born in the Mohawks village of Ossernion (today Ausierville, forty miles from Albany, NY), and led an inspirational life of Christian "heroic virtue" that inspired generations.
Archbishop Listecki will preside over the Mass along with Father Ed Cook of the Congregation of the Great Spirit. This is a unique opportunity to celebrate, honor and learn more about Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the exceptional person she was and the Saint she became.
The Indian Summer Festival is open to the general public on Fri. (4 p.m.-midnight). Sat. (noon-midnight) and Sun. (11 a.m.-8 p.m.).
Admission Tickets: Adults $13, Elders (60+) $10 at the gate, Children 12 and under free.
Indian Summer Admission specials:
- Fri. admission special: free entry at the Mid-Gate from 4-6 pm with a donation of school supplies. Please enter at the Mid-Gate.
- Fri. Admission special: Free entry Friday night for the disabled and their caregiver (one).
- Sun. admission special: Attend the Mass to Celebrate Saint Kateri Tekakwitha / Prayer Ceremony - 10 a.m, Mid-Gate open from 9:30 -10 a.m. Free Entry at the South Gate for anyone attending the prayer ceremony and bringing in non-perishable food supplies for the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee.
- Sun. Admission special: Free entry all day on Sun. to military personnel, and veterans and first responders with ID. Enter at the Main Gate.
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