The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is hard at work planning 2020 Wacipi. Wacipi—or Pow Wow—is a traditional Native American gathering, a celebration of life, pride, and honor. Meaning “they all dance” in the Dakota language, today’s Wacipi brings together people from all over the country for three days of celebrating in a good way. It is a time for preserving a rich heritage, while reconnecting with old friends and making new friends.
Grand Entry sets the stage for each day’s contests and activities, which includes a ceremonious entrance into the dance arena, led by a Native American veteran color guard, visiting dignitaries, and tribal royalty, followed by hundreds of dancers of all ages. Representing dozens of tribes from across the United States and Canada, dancers dressed in traditional regalia compete for top honors in various dance style categories and age groups, while drum groups and singers surround the perimeter of the arena. Native American artists and crafters display traditional beadwork, jewelry, and handmade goods, while food vendors offer a variety of tasty, authentic meals and treats.
The SMSC’s Wacipi attracts thousands of visitors each year to honor the history of a strong group of people. We invite you to be a part of this celebration with us here at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) for our annual Wacipi in Shakopee, Minnesota, over the weekend of August 14-16, 2020.
A preview of this eventful weekend will take place on August 13 at the SMSC’s Wacipi Exhibition. Taking place annually in the Mall of American Rotunda, Native American dancers will display a short preview of what’s to come throughout Wacipi weekend, including dancing, drumming, and culture. The fun and fellowship will continue August 14 – 16 at the SMSC Wacipi Grounds, located at 3212 Dakotah Parkway in Shakopee, just southwest of the Twin Cities.