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.  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

Early Bird pricing now in effect - see registration page for details.

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

GLTAG is hosting a Memorial Benefit Auction in memory of Bob Love: Saturday, August 13

Benefit donations: mail to: GLTAG Benefit, PO Box 119, Cromwell, IN  46732 - Donations must be received by Friday August 5

Bob Love was a guiding force of GLTAG, and he will be missed by many. The public is invited to donate items for and participate in an auction to benefit Michigan Flintknappers - the organization he founded and ran until his passing. A portion of the regular GLTAG auction will be devoted to the benefit. Auction begins at around 7 PM, and the site will be open to the public for viewing auction items starting at 6 PM. Take ferry to Drummond Island, and follow GLTAG signs to Warners Cove.

Music By:

Drew Nelson and Special Guests

More details on the GLTAG NightTime Page!

2016 Daily Schedule is now available HERE