Celebrating our Region’s Rich Heritage through Meaningful Learning Experiences

Great Lakes Traditional Arts Gathering

August 10 - 14, 2016

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.  Forge your own fire steel, help build a moose skin canoe, weave a rabbit skin blanket, learn to process wild rice, work with a master falconer, 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.

Musical Guests:

The Goldmine Pickers

More details on the GLTAG NightTime Page!

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

Full event:

    $300 Per Adult age 13 and up

    $150 Per youth age 5 thru 12

    Youth 4 and under free

Day Passes: No discounts for day passes.

      $120 Per adult age 13 and up

      $60 Per youth age 5 thru 12

      Age 4 and under free


    Returning Participants - 20% off

          enter discount code “RETURNING”

    Families of 3 or more - 15% off

          enter discount code “FAMILY”

    GLLI Members - 10% off

          enter discount code “MEMBER”

Catering: Available for purchase separately, see registration page for details.

Sorry, no pets allowed onsite.

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

We will be updating gradually to 2016 content as activities are confirmed. 2015 (this past event) Daily Class Schedule is available. Early bird registration will open the first week of February.

IMPORTANT CHANGE! Due to many participants’ having potential conflicts with the originally announced date of July 27 - 31, we have moved GLTAG to August 10 -14. We apologize for any inconvenience, but after careful consideration of many factors, we feel that a date change is necessary.