If you’re already making plans for the summer, be sure to add the 44th Annual Wild Rice Festival and Pow Wow to your calendar. The festival will take place at Makwode’ Arena at St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake August 25 – 27.
The St. Croix tribe’s history is intimately connected to the harvest of wild rice: Nearly 600 years ago, the St. Croix Chippewa Indians arrived in the northwestern Wisconsin area after being directed to move southward from Lake Superior to the “place where there is food upon the water.” So it was that unlike other tribes whose main crop was corn, the St. Croix’s main crop was wild rice, which grew in the lakes of Wisconsin and surrounding areas. It’s this age-old connection to wild rice that the tribe commemorates with this annual festival.
Drummers, singers, and dancers from tribes all around the country travel to attend the powwow, which typically attracts up to 2,000 visitors. Along with the traditional pow-wow, the Wild Rice Festival features craft vendors’ booths, Native foods and prize drawings.
For more information, contact Joyce Long a 1-800-236-2195, ext. 5274, Melissa Coon at ext. 5187 or Tony Pewaush at ext. 5258.