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Free Admission Entire Weekend

Grand Entries
Saturday, February 3: 1pm and 7pm
Sunday, February 4: 1pm

Live Stream

Dancer Registration
Saturday: 10:30am-12:45pm
Point system begins Saturday during 1pm Grand Entry.

Featured Staff & Guests


Master of Ceremonies
Redwing Thomas

Arena Director
Calvin Campbell

Head Judge
Chaske LaBlanc

Drum Groups

Host: Mato Pejuta
Invited: Hoka Hey, Midnite Express, Young Kingbird, ShowTime

Parking/Shuttle Info

Guest parking is limited at Hoċokata Ṫi. Overflow parking is available at the Eagle Creek Park & Ride (6600 County Highway 16). Shuttles will run between Hoċokata Ṫi and the Park & Ride from 12:30-10pm on Saturday and from 10am-7pm on Sunday.

The SMSC Winter Wacipi is a traditional Native American gathering, a celebration of life, pride, and honor. Meaning “they dance” in the Dakota language, today’s wacipi brings together people from all over the country for two days of celebrating Native culture and heritage. The 2024 SMSC Winter Wacipi will be held at Hoċokata Ṫi on February 3-4.

Grand Entry sets the stage for each day’s contests and activities, which includes a ceremonious entrance into the Arena, led by a Native American veteran color guard, visiting dignitaries, and tribal royalty, followed by dancers of all ages. Representing tribes from across the United States and Canada, dancers dressed in regalia compete for top honors in various dance style categories and age groups, while drum groups and singers surround the perimeter of the arena.

Note: The SMSC bans guns on all properties, including Hoċokata Ṫi. Use and possession of illegal drugs, alcohol, cannabis, or cannabis products is also strictly prohibited. Any person who appears to be under the influence of any such substance will be asked to leave the SMSC Winter Wacipi and immediately escorted off property.

Dance Contests

Registration: Saturday (10:45am-12:45pm)
Point system begins Saturday during 1pm Grand Entry

Jr. Categories (6-12)

Traditional, Grass/Jingle, Fancy
1st: $100, 2nd: $75, 3rd: $50, 4th: $25

Teen Categories (13-17)

Traditional, Grass/Jingle, Fancy
1st: $200, 2nd: $150, 3rd: $100, 4th: $50

Adult Categories

Jr. Adult (18-34) & Sr. Adult (35-54)
Men: Traditional/Southern Straight (combined), Fancy, Grass
Women: Traditional/Southern Buckskin-Cloth (combined), Fancy, Jingle
1st: $500, 2nd: $400, 3rd: $300, 4th: $200

Golden Age (55-64)
Men: Traditional/Southern Straight (combined), Fancy/Grass (combined)
Women: Traditional/Southern Buckskin-Cloth (combined), Fancy/Jingle (combined)
1st: $500, 2nd: $400, 3rd: $300, 4th: $200

Elders (65 and older)
Men: All Categories
Women: All Categories
1st: $500, 2nd: $400, 3rd: $300, 4th: $200

Moccasin Games

Registration: Saturday | 10am-Noon
1st: $2,000, 2nd: $1,500, 3rd: $1,000, 4th: $500

Craft Vendors

Dozens of Native American artists and crafters will be on hand in the River Gallery at Hoċokata Ṫi, displaying traditional beadwork, jewelry, and handmade goods.