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SMSC Wacipi Showcases Native Culture

A record number of dancers were highlighted at the 2023 SMSC Wacipi as the Community celebrated Native culture and traditions at the SMSC’s largest event of the year.

An estimated total of more than 1,100 dancers (including 1,062 registered dancers) entered the Arena at the SMSC Wacipi Grounds over the three-day traditional gathering, making for an incredible sight for all to see.

“I’d like to thank all of our Community Members and staff, especially the SMSC Wacipi Committee, our emergency personnel, and our volunteers, because this event is truly something special to see,” Chairman Keith Anderson said during Friday’s Grand Entry.

Meaning “they dance” in the Dakota language, this year’s wacipi saw dancers, drum groups, dignitaries, and more turn out for an exciting weekend in the sweltering August heat. In addition to the action in the Arena, the SMSC Wacipi also provided spectators and guests with chances to see a hand drum contest and moccasin games, along with the thrilling fireworks on Saturday night!

A large number of Native American artists and craft vendors were also in attendance, selling traditional beadwork, jewelry, and handmade goods, as well as food vendors offering a variety of tasty, traditional foods and other items. In spite of the heat, this year’s SMSC Wacipi continued to showcase and celebrate life, pride, and honor for all of Indian Country.

“This weekend is a time for our Community to come together and to share our culture with our neighbors, guests, and relatives,” Chairman Anderson said. “Whether you traveled from just down the street or across the continent, we are honored that you chose to spend your weekend with us.”

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