Upcoming Wacipi Celebrations

by Katlyn Richter on August 28, 2013 · 1 comment

Experience colorful finery, elaborate featherwork, and intricate beadwork along with bountiful culture at a powwwow, or “wacipi” in South Dakota. Wacipi, pronounced WA CHEE PEE, is Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota for “dance.”

For your weekend planning and cultural enjoyment, we’ve compiled a roundup of festivals happening over the long Labor Day weekend and into September:

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Fair (Rodeo and traditional powwow)
August 30-September 2
Location: Eagle Butte, South Dakota
605-964-6685 or 605-538-4477

Winner Labor Day Wacipi Celebration

August 30-September 2
Location: Winner Community Grounds, Winner, South Dakota

Pahin Sinte Labor Day Wacipi & Rodeo
August 31-September 2
Porcupine, South Dakota
Later in September:

South Dakota State University’s 23rd Annual Wacipi
September 14-15, 2013
Location: Swiftel Center, Brookings, SD
Contact: 605-688-6416

Annual American Indian Days Celebration “Gathering of the Wakanyeja” Powwow
September 20 & 21, 2013
Location: St. Joseph’s Indian School, Chamberlain, SD
Contact: 605-734-3300

September 14, 2013
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Memorial Park

If you’ve never been to a powwow, we encourage you to get out and experience this event. These events are open to the public. Pack a lawn chair or a bring a blanket and sit back and enjoy the day! Typically there are unique food vendors on site as well.


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