A Wacipi is a traditional Native American cultural celebration where the generations gather to socialize, to dance, and to sing. In the Dakota Language, the word "Wacipi" [wah-chee-pee] means "they dance." It translates into English as a Pow Wow. Often held over a weekend, a Wacipi is filled with songs and dances, singers with their drums, and dancers in their regalia.
Visitors to Mall of America had the opportunity to watch Native American singers and dancers perform at a dance exhibition in the Rotunda. Dancers from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and other Indian tribes from throughout the United States performed in the dance exhibitions as a preview to the annual SMSC Wacipi (Pow Wow).
During this special time, the story of Native Americans and their willingness to serve in the United States military will be featured. The Sisseton Wahpeton Vietnam Veterans participated along with SMSC Vice-Chairman Glynn A. Crooks.
University of Minnesota TCF Stadium - August 17, 2009
The Minnesota Tribal Nations Plaza is located at the entrance on the west side of TCF Bank Stadium. The architecturally innovative design includes eleven, 18-foot tall sky markers, each of which incorporates information about each one of Minnesotas 11 Tribal Nations. Tribal flags, images, and important facts are incorporated on the soaring glass sky markers.
Part I : Opening Remarks from U of M Vice-President Rusty Barcelo, Grand Entry, Flag Raising, Dakota Prayer, and Comments from Vice-Chairman Glynn A. Crooks.
Part II : Comments from SMSC Chairman Stanley R. Crooks.
Part III : Comments from U of M President Bruininks, and Closing Remarks from U of M Vice-President Rusty Barcelo