Native Americans celebrate the Solstice at Indian Summer Mid-Winter Pow Wow



MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Music, dance and worship is taking over the Wisconsin Product Pavilion at the State Fair Park Grounds this weekend.

A Native American Veteran's princess danced a traditional pow wow dance.  She has performed all over the world and Saturday she shared her skills at the Indian Summer Mid-Winter Pow Wow.

"We're celebrating spring. The renewal of everything it all begins. The trees, the grass, the birds, everybody enjoys the spring and that's what we're celebrating, the Solstice," said Carla Menominee, with Menominee Nation.

This is one of the largest events for Native Americans, where tribes from all over Wisconsin and out of state join together to celebrate with a big feast.

"I'm making Indian tacos and fry bread," said Victor Zamora, Indian Summer's Professional Chef.

Both traditional foods at all the pow wows. And you won't go home empty handed, there's more than 2 dozen vendors that share their hand-crafted work.

The idea is to make a living for your family but in true Indian fashion -- one hand crafter from the Odawa Nation barters with others.

"We'll trade  back and forth so it comes full circle, that's actually what Odawa means is to trade," said Jonathon Ogemaw, Odawa Nation.

These pow wow's are held in an effort to keep the tradition and culture alive among the Native Americans.

"We don't want to lose those traditions, we want to keep those alive and I'm so happy the younger generations are bringing their little tots up in the same traditions," said Menominee.

The Indian Summer Mid-Winter Pow Wow continues Sunday, March 15th, with a ceremonial mass at 10 a.m. and lasts until 6 p.m.