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Festival Beckons: ‘Come Dance With Us'
by Jomay Steel, Staff Writer
Rapid City Journal - 3 October 2005

RAPID CITY, SD — Under its famous banner "Come Dance With Us," the 19th annual He Sapa Wacipi Black Hills Pow Wow opens its doors as one of the three biggest contest powwows in the Northern Plains region.

Awarding a hefty treasure chest of $41,850 in cash prizes to dance division winners and drum groups in October's second weekend, the various powwow committees of volunteers conceded that the three-day wacipi was probably as big as it could grow.

But Wayne Weston, Black Hills Pow Wow Association president, and the various committee members wanted more.

At this point, Weston decided to put the oskate (O-sh-kah-tay) back into the powwow.

"This is more than just a dance. It's a real festival time," Weston said.

That meant developing its fine-arts exhibits and bringing in the new hand game tournament.

"We are going to be more seriously looked at as a fine-arts show in the region," Weston said.

Currently, Fine Arts Avenue visitors vote for their favorite artwork as part of a poster contest. But Weston would like to see that idea expand in the future into a full divisional art show.

Weston said the association has contacted American Indian Services in Sioux Falls, which hosts the annual fall Northern Plains Tribal Arts Show as a fundraiser for its organization.

"They've offered us their assistance to take that first step toward a juried art show," Weston said.

He hopes that it will engage American Indian art lovers within the community to to the Fine Arts Avenue to view their favorite artists' work and perhaps discover something new, such as the hand game tournament.

"We're bringing back the hand games. It's a big part of native culture," Weston said.

The hand game is being played more often on the reservations, and teams play wherever there are gatherings, including powwows, conferences and the Lakota Nation Invitation Basketball Tournament.

Coordinated by Philamene Lakota and Wilmer Mesteth, the new event opens to the first 40 teams to enter. A registration fee of $75 seats team players into the two-day, $1,000 first-place-award tournament. Challengers use psychology, manipulation and songs to put on their game faces and go into these competitive guessing games, he said.

"There are songs that go along with it. The rules are really interesting. And it makes for a powerful powwow," Weston said.

The Black Hills Pow Wow Association presents its 2005 He Sapa Wacipi Black Hills Pow Wow schedule of events

Friday, Oct. 7

-- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Youth Day with South Dakota Space Day "Merging Technology and Traditions," exhibits open at LaCroix and Rushmore halls.

-- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Dance and drum registration at box office lobby.

-- 10:30 a.m. to noon — Public exhibition of the Miss He Sapa Win talent competition in Room 205.

-- 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Open market of vendors.

-- Noon to 9 p.m. — Fine Arts Avenue: "People's Choice Poster Contest" at LaCroix Hall.

-- Noon to 1 p.m. — Raymond Uses the Knife, contemporary flute player, "wiwambli" at LaCroix Hall.

-- 12:30 p.m. — Drum roll call and parade of royalty.

-- 1 p.m. — Grand entry in arena.

-- 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Abena Songbird, contemporary American Indian poet with guest Gerry Goes in Center in LaCroix Hall.

-- 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Hand game registration at the information booth outside the arena.

-- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. — He Sapa Style Show: Sophia Yellow Robe will give an overview of traditional native clothing, how it was produced and the significance of the clothing for each dance style. Bobby Marchesso will emcee the contemporary style show and introduce both He Sapa Win contestants modeling the clothing and designers Sandy White Shield, Sicangu; Geraldine Sherman, Lakota/Ponca; Bunny Robertson, Sicangu; Mildred Carpenter, Mniconju; and Darla Brown, Mniconju, at LaCroix Hall.

-- 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. — "3 Voices: Speaking from the Past" with Gerry Goes in Center, Lilah Pengra and Joyce Jefferson at LaCroix Hall.

-- 5 p.m. — 2004 Miss He Sapa Win Gabrielle Knife hosts Teen Jingle Dress Special in arena.

-- 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Supper break sponsored by Gabrielle Knife family in Rushmore North Hall.

-- 7 p.m. — Grand entry and crowning of 2005 Miss He Sapa Win in arena.

-- 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. — American Indian rap artists Native Era throws a mini concert in LaCroix Hall.

Saturday, Oct. 8

-- 8:15 a.m. — Registration for 5K walk/run.

-- 9 a.m. start of walk/run at Memorial Park Bandshell.

-- 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. — Hand game competition at Rushmore North Hall.

-- 9 a.m. — Fine Arts Avenue opens: People's Choice Contest continues in LaCroix Hall.

-- 10 a.m. — Dance registration opens at doors of arena.

-- 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Open market of vendors.

-- 11 a.m. — Jesse Spotted Tail jingle dress special in arena.

-- Noon to 1 p.m. — Alex White Plume, Lakota storytelling at LaCroix Hall.

-- 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Abena Songbird, contemporary Indian poetry with guest Luke Warm Water, native poetry at LaCroix Hall.

-- 12:30 p.m. — Drum roll call and parade of royalty.

-- 1 p.m. — Grand entry in arena.

-- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. — He Sapa Style Show: Sophia Yellow Robe introduces traditional clothing and dance regalia overview; Collette Keith talks about contemporary clothing and styles and introduces He Sapa Win contestants and designers Jeannie Yellow Robe, Sicangu and Roxanne Two Bulls, Oglala, exhibiting their designs at LaCroix Hall.

-- 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. — 3 Voices: "Speaking from the Past" Gerry Goes In Center, Lilah Pengra, Joyce Jefferson at LaCroix Hall.

-- 5 p.m. — Stacey Make Good — chicken dance special in arena.

-- 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Supper break, meal sponsored by the South Dakota Republican Party in Rushmore Hall A and B.

-- 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — Raymond Uses the Knife, "wiwambli" contemporary flute player at LaCroix Hall.

-- 7 p.m. — Grand entry in arena.

-- 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Emmaculas, Native rap, mini concert at LaCroix Hall.

-- 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Native Era, Native rap, mini concert at LaCroix Hall.

Sunday, Oct. 9

-- 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Hand game competition at Rushmore North Hall.

-- 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Fine Arts Avenue opens in LaCroix Hall.

-- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. — People's Choice contest in LaCroix Hall.

-- 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Open market of vendors.

-- 11 a.m. — Joe Lafferty: Honoring the grass dancer special in arena.

-- 12:30 p.m. — Drum roll call/parade of royalty in arena.

-- 1 p.m. — Grand entry in arena.

-- 3 p.m. — People's Choice poster contest winner announced.

-- 4 p.m. — Second annual Tom Charging Eagle Memorial Men's Traditional Dance Contest in the arena.

-- 5:30 p.m. — Codi High Elk — Women's fancy shawl dance special in arena.

-- 7 p.m. — Contest winners announcement of all categories/dance contest/hand game/drum contest.
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"Be good, be kind, help each other."
"Respect the ground, respect the drum, respect each other."

--Abe Conklin, Ponca/Osage (1926-1995)

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