TimeOut Week & Wacipi
TimeOut Week and the Wacipi powwow is a celebration of Indigenous peoples and culture.
The week consists of demonstrations, performances, art, music, dance, dress, presentations, and so much more.
A powwow is considered a celebration of life. It is called Wacipi (wah-chee-pee) in the Lakota/Dakota language and Ni-mi-win in Anishinabe (Chippewa/Ojibwa) language. This celebration is a time when people of all ages can gather together, to sing, dance, renew old friendships, make new friends, and share the beauty of life.
Things to Know
Going to your first powwow? Here are some things you should know.
A powwow is a celebration of life. It is a time for people of all ages to gather, sing, dance, see old friends and make new friends. Specific to the Northern Plains region, it is called a Wacipi (WAH-CHEE-PEE) in Lakota/Dakota and Nimiwin (NIM-MEE-WIN) in Anishnaube/Ojibway.
Different Types of Powwow
There are two different types of powwow, traditional powwows and contest powwows. A contest powwow incorporates the intent of a traditional powwow into a competition of singing and dancing for money.
All are welcome to attend the powwow and we are looking forward to seeing you there! Many people enjoy observing the Grand Entry.
Intertribal songs are open for anyone to dance. You can visit vendors and concessions.
Questions to Committee
Feel free to ask questions throughout your time at the powwow. The powwow committee is there to help make the event an enjoying learning experience for all!
Powwow Grand Entry
The Grand Entry is the procession of the participates into the dancing area, led by military veterans and honored guests, followed by dancers dressed in their regalia.
The dancers' outfits are called regalia. Depending on tribal affiliation, dance category and personal preference, the design and accessories in the individual's regalia can vary greatly.
Dance Categories at Powwow
Divided into groups according to age, there are six basic dance categories. The men's categories include Traditional, Grass and Fancy. The women's categories include Traditional, Jingle Dress and Fancy Shawl.
Being Respectful at Powwow
Please ask permission prior to photographing or touching individuals and their regalia.
The drum is considered sacred and is designated to specific drum group members. Please do not touch the drums.
If you are able, please stand during times of prayer, Grand Entry, flag/honor songs and Posting of the Colors. The powwow committee will signal when appropriate to stand.