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Performances...Demonstrations...Hands-on Opportunities

Enjoy captivating performances, fascinating demonstrations, and extraordinary hands-on experiences for all ages.*  This event is one of four Cultural Arts Days weekends designed to give you a taste of the cultural creativity which was on display in this region nearly 200 years ago.


Bring your family and friends, and enjoy a whole day of exploring the sights and sounds of traditional Native American creative arts. 

*Recommended for ages 5 through adult.

Saturday, July 15, 2023  |  10 am to 4 pm

General Admission is FREE
thanks to support from the Chipstone Foundation, Kohler Foundation, and William O'Connor & Krista Roys
Co-Hosted by the Ho-Chunk Nation Museum & Cultural Center


Live Performance By

Wisconsin Dells Singers &

Dancers of the Ho-Chunk Nation

1:00 pm


Experience the energy of Ho-Chunk traditional music and dance.  Learn about the cultural significance behind the regalia and the performance.  

Demonstration of

Ho-Chunk Fingerweaving

by Josephine Lee


The roots of this Indigenous fiber art run deep. Join Josephine Lee, Director of the Ho-Chunk Nation Museum and Cultural Center, to explore the craft which only a handful of people still practice.

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Demonstration of

Ho-Chunk Side Stitch Beadwork

by Kirsten Betancurt


Beadwork has historically been an integral part of Indigenous cultural arts. Kirsten Betancurt, Senior Grants Manager for the Ho-Chunk Nation, demonstrates this intricately beautiful skill.

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Try it yourself

Hide Tanning

with Jon Greendeer


Hides were historically an indispensable resource and commodity for Native people. Jon Greendeer, Health and Wellness Coordinator and former President of the Ho-Chunk Nation, teaches how Ho-Chunks have tanned hides by hand for centuries. He invites you to try your own hand at the craft. 


Demonstration of

Ho-Chunk Basketry

by Kimberly Crowley


Both functional and beautiful, Ho-Chunk baskets are a quintessential representation of cultural resilience. Black ash basketry is an important traditional Ho-Chunk craft which Kimberly Crowley learned from her mother and grandmother.  

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Exhibition of 

Modern Ho-Chunk Art

by Christopher Sweet


Christopher Sweet of Blue Bear Studio is a Ho-Chunk modern artist whose main medium is acrylic on stretched canvas, but he incorporates other textures and techniques, as well. Come and explore his work and what it represents.

Indigenous Cultural Arts Day

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