2018 Shakopee Pow Wow – Wacipi Schedule

SMSC Wacipi

2018 Wacipi

Save The Date

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.

All are welcome to attend the 2018 SMSC Wacipi. Save the date—you won’t want to miss the incredible array of beautiful songs, colors, dancing, and people!

Interested in offering food or crafts at the 2018 Wacipi?

Complete and submit the attached vendor application by March 30, 2018 to reserve your plot for the SMSC’s biggest event of the year.

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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.