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2023 Lower Sioux Indian Community Wacipi
June 9 - June 11
During the summer, Dakota communities along the Byway hold an annual Wacipi (pronounced wah-chee-pee) or powwow. These weekend-long events bring family and friends together for a cultural celebration of life and heritage. It is also a time to remember and honor relatives and to commemorate special occasions. In the Dakota language, Wacipi means “they dance” and dancing is at the center of a powwow. Dancers travel from tribal communities across the United States and Canada to participate in exhibitions and contests. A dancer’s regalia can take several years to create and may incorporate significant family pieces and objects that are sacred.