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2018 Shakopee Pow Wow – Wacipi Schedule

SMSC Wacipi

2018 Wacipi

August 17, 18, and 19

Gather for a weekend of tradition, dancing, and unity—among old friends and new—at the annual Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) Wacipi weekend, August 17-19, 2018, in Shakopee, Minnesota. Wacipi, or Pow Wow, is a great place to experience Native American culture through traditional music, dancing, authentic foods, and beautiful crafts.

Native American dancers from across the country will provide a sneak peek into Wacipi weekend during the SMSC’s annual Wacipi Exhibition on August 16. The dancing will continue into the weekend at the SMSC Wacipi Grounds in Shakopee. There are multiple Grand Entries throughout the weekend, which includes a Veterans Color Guard carrying in the flags and eagle staff, followed by the entrance of visiting dignitaries, tribal royalty, and dancers. Drum groups will sing honor songs for the flag and for the veterans. Then the Master of Ceremonies, called Wapaha in Dakota, announces various dance categories and age groups, where Native Americans dressed in colorful regalia will compete against each other in the arena to honor their heritage all weekend long.

Featured Staff & Guests

Master Of Ceremonies: Juaquin Hamilton, Ruben Little Head

Honorary Master Of Ceremonies: Wallace Coffey

Arena Director: Chaske Lablanc, Clifton Goodwill

Head Women’s Judge: Alva Fiddler

Head Men’s Judge: Canku One Star

Head Singing Judge: Wayne Silas, Jr.

Sound: Dale Roberts, Hokah Sound

Color Guard: Sisseton-Wahpeton Kit Fox Society, Lakota Women Warriors

Drum Groups

Host: Northern Cree–Ab, Young Bear–Nd

Invited: Black Bear, Black Otter, Blackstone, Bull Horn, Midnite Express, The Boyz, Iron Boy, Cozad, Southern Style, Yellow Hammer

SMSC Royalty

Junior Brave: Trystan Brandt-Dedeker
Brave: Tony Brewer
Princess: Summer Lemke
Junior Princess: Celianna Thomas


Jr. Categories, 6–12:
Traditional, Grass/Jingle, Fancy

Teen Categories, 13–17:
Traditional, Grass/Jingle, Fancy

Adult Categories:
Men: Traditional, Fancy, Grass, Southern Straight, Chicken Dance
Women: Traditional, Fancy, Jingle, Southern Buckskin/Cloth (Combined)

Golden Age, 55–64:
Men: Traditional/Southern Straight (Combined), Fancy/Grass (Combined)
Women: Traditional, Southern Buckskin/Cloth (Combined), Fancy/Jingle (Combined)

Elders, 65+:
Men: All Categories
Women: All Categories

Video Archive

Mall of America Exhibition
August 16, 2018 | 2pm

Mall of America Exhibition
August 16, 2018 | 5pm

Wacipi Friday | Grand Entry
August 17, 2018 | 7pm

Wacipi Saturday
August 18, 2018 | 9am

Wacipi Saturday | Grand Entry
August 18, 2018 | 7pm

Wacipi Sunday | Flag Raising
August 19, 2018 | 9am

Wacipi Sunday
August 19, 2018 | 10am

Wacipi Sunday
August 19, 2018 | 11am

Wacipi Sunday
August 19, 2018

Wacipi Sunday | Grand Entry
August 19, 2018 | 1pm

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Sights & Sounds of Wacipi

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What is Wacipi?

Wacipi means "They Dance" in the Dakota language. Find out more about our traditions and ceremonies by visiting the SMSC Wacipi page.

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