The Ojibwe people settled in the St. Croix River region when they found the area’s plentiful manoomin, or wild rice. A source of sustenance and also of great spiritual importance, people come from all over to celebrate its harvest time in August.
The Wild Rice Pow Wow hosted by the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin has been happening for more than 20 years. It features contests for dancing and drumming, and traditional food and craft vendors. It is held at the Tribal Center in Hertel, Wisconsin. The St. Croix Casino in Danbury has more details:
The St. Croix Chippewa of Wisconsin’s annual celebration of the wild rice harvest includes a three-day traditional pow-wow, Native American crafts and foods and prize drawings. Grand entries at 7 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. The pow-wow site is located on Highway 77 two miles west of Danbury. For more information, contact Rick Benjamin at 715-349-2195 ext. 5338 or Michaela Taylor at ext. 5506.
Video from last year’s pow wow: