Celebrating our Region’s Rich Heritage through Meaningful Learning Experiences

Great Lakes Traditional Arts Gathering

July 19 - 23, 2017

Great Lakes Traditional Arts Gathering

   Celebrating our Region’s Rich Heritage through Meaningful Learning Experiences


Spend four days working directly with the regionʼs most noted traditional artists, craftspeople, historians and naturalists in small group settings - with dozens of workshops for both adults and children.  Help build a dugout canoe, make a bark basket, weave a rabbit skin blanket, learn to process wild rice, explore the waters around Drummond island in a replica 1870s wooden ship, and much more. Take home an assortment of beautiful and functional traditional crafts and new skills. Evenings feature acoustic music, star gazing and traditional storytelling by campfire.


Immerse yourself in the rich diversity of traditional arts, crafts, and natural wonders of the Great Lakes region...

Discover the magic of the Great Lakes Traditional Arts Gathering, where the embers of age old traditions are rekindled and the stories of the land and lakes come to life.

Harbor Island, Image courtesy of Jim Kelley

Ferry Schedule - HERE

GLTAG is a non profit service of the Great lakes Lifeways Institute. Our mission statement is:

"To preserve and share the heritage of the land, traditions, arts, and culture of the Great Lakes Region as an enrichment of our communities and an investment in future generations."

Map to GLTAG Site - HERE

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GLTAG is more than great learning opportunities - it is also a relaxing island vacation with a sandy beach, shallow cove, and stunning scenery! PhotoTour the Event Here

GLTAG Quick-Guide

2017 Early Bird Registration will begin in January, 2017!

First Voyage of the Moose Skin Canoe, Built onsite at GLTAG, July 2014

Music By:

Drew Nelson and Special Guests

More details on the GLTAG NightTime Page!

Current website reflects 2016 (recent past) GLTAG offerings.... 2017 Content coming starting January...