3rd annual Central Wisconsin Indigenous Peoples’ Day Pow Wow & Native American Art Market returns this weekend

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    Last year's Central Wisconsin Indigenous Peoples' Day Pow Wow (Photo: Central Wisconsin Indigenous Peoples' Day Committee)

    The Central Wisconsin Indigenous Peoples’ Day Pow Wow & Native American Art Market in Rothschild, Wis., is returning this weekend. Hosted by the Central Wisconsin Indigenous Peoples’ Day Committee (CWIPDC), this event is currently the only Native American event in Marathon County. In addition to music and dancing, there will be over 30 Native American craft vendors and food vendors at the event.

    “The Indigenous Peoples’ Day Pow Wow is a fitting way to celebrate our continued existence, way of life, and contributions to greater society; we’re still here,” said CWIPDC founding director and Ho-Chunk tribal member Tricia Zunker in a statement. “It wasn’t that long ago that our people couldn’t sing our songs or gather publicly to dance — only in 1978 was this right restored. We invite the community to join us and enjoy the beautiful dancing and powerful music and to support the Indigenous artisans.”

    CWIPDC was formed in 2019 to organize this annual pow-wow in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the second Monday of October.

    The event will be held at the Central Wisconsin Convention and Expo Center, 10101 Market Street, in Rothschild on Saturday and Sunday. Rothschild is located approximately two hours straight north of Madison. Grand Entry is at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7 and at noon on Sunday, Oct. 8. A traditional feast is offered at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7.  Admission is free for the Central Wisconsin Indigenous Peoples’ Day Pow Wow & Native American Art Market and it is open to the public.

    Sponsors for this event include Ho-Chunk Nation (gold sponsor); Forest County Potawatomi (gold sponsor); B & A Esther Greenheck Foundation (bronze sponsor); Democratic Party of Wisconsin (bronze sponsor); Connexus Cares; Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians; Ho-Chunk Gaming-Wittenberg; Wisconsin Public Radio; Wausau Pilot & Review; and the Victor & Helen Geisel Foundation.