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2019 Hunting Moon Pow Wow in Downtown Milwaukee

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Join us for the 15th Annual Hunting Moon Pow Wow Celebration on October 18-20, 2019 at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Hunting Moon Pow Wow is three days of excitement, bringing together a host of Native American cultures for a celebration of singing, drumming and dancing in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Long a part of Native culture, the pow wow is an important social gathering; it’s a chance for Native people to connect with one another, connect with their vibrant history and traditions, and to connect with non-Native people through the power, beauty and pageantry of the event.

Hunting Moon Pow Wow in Downtown Milwaukee

For over a decade, Hunting Moon Pow Wow has called Milwaukee home. Each year, dancers, drummers and singers gather from across the country to not only socialize, but compete for huge cash prizes—this year totaling over $100,000! Experience the splendor for yourself—Hunting Moon Pow Wow is a celebration not to be missed. Admission is free and open to everyone!

Spectators can enjoy a variety of vendors with Native American arts and crafts. There is plenty to check out at this one-of-a-kind event. From Native American arts and crafts to a variety of traditional foods, there is plenty to check out at this one-of-a-kind event.

Free Admission – Public Welcome

Over $100,000 in Dance & Drumming Contest Money
Photo ID required for registration and Social Security number required for prize payouts of $600+.

Hunting Moon Pow Wow Schedule & Hours:
Friday
Doors Open at 3:00 p.m.
Grand Entry at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday
Doors Open at 10:00 a.m.
Grand Entry at 1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Sunday
Doors Open at 10:00 a.m.
Grand Entry at Noon

Hunting Moon Pow wow Head Staff
Host Drum: To Be Announced
Youth Host Drum: To Be Announced
Master of Ceremonies: To Be Announced
Arena Director: To Be Announced
Head Dance Judge: To Be Announced
Head Drum Judge: To Be Announced
Head Dancers chosen daily.

Hunting Moon Pow Wow Mini Gallery

PRIZE PAYOUTS Detail
GOLDEN AGE MEN & WOMEN COMBINED (age 55+)
$1,300 $800 $700 $500 $300

SENIOR MEN & WOMEN (ages 35–54)
Traditional, Jingle, Grass, Fancy
$1,400 $900 $700 $500 $300

ADULT MEN & WOMEN (ages 18–34)
Traditional, Jingle, Grass, Fancy
$1,400 $900 $700 $500 $300

TEEN BOYS & GIRLS (ages 13–17)
Traditional, Jingle, Grass, Fancy
$400 $300 $200 $150 $100

JR. BOYS & GIRLS (ages 6–12)
Traditional, Jingle, Grass, Fancy
$350 $200 $150 $100 $50

“OLD TIME” WOMEN’S SCRUB (ages 18 and older)
$1,400 $900 $700 $500 $300

MEN’S WOODLAND STYLE (ages 18 and older)
$1,400 $900 $700 $500 $300

TINY TOTS
5 and under (must be in regalia)

MEN’S TRADITIONAL, GRASS & FANCY / WOMEN’S TRADITIONAL, JINGLE & FANCY
Golden Age 55+ (combined), Senior Adult (35–54), Adult (18–34), Teens (13–17) and Jr. Boys (6–12)

“OLD TIME” WOMEN’S SCRUB
Ages 18 and older

MEN’S WOODLAND STYLE
Ages 18 and older

DANCE COMPETITION RULES Detail
* Dancer registration will be open 4–7 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m.–Noon on Saturday at the Wisconsin Center.
* The deadline for dancers to participate in the Dance Competition is 1 p.m. on Celebration Saturday.
* Judges will be selected by the Head Judge.
* Points awarded will be based on a point system designed by the Head Judge.
* Points will be awarded starting with the 6 p.m. Grand Entry on Celebration Friday.
* Dancers are allowed to enter in only one category (exceptions for dance specials) and will not be allowed to switch categories.
* All Dancers competing must be in full regalia and dressed appropriately for the category in which they will compete.
* Dancers competing for their category will be issued a number that must be worn and visible to those recording numbers in order to receive points.
* Should any part of your regalia disassemble during your contest, points will be deducted.
* Points will be d