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.
Live Performance By
Wisconsin Dells Singers &
Dancers of the Ho-Chunk Nation
Experience the energy of Ho-Chunk traditional music and dance. Learn about the cultural significance behind the regalia and the performance.
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.
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.
Try it yourself
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.
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.
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.