More than 3,000 expected to attend Native American week events at BHSU

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, March 25, 2015/Categories: 2015








           Mato Standing High, an attorney and consultant, returns to BHSU April 16 as a featured speaker on social media during American Indian Awareness Week.






           Participants line up for the Grand Entry in BHSU&rsquos Lakota Omniciye Wacipi (Pow Wow), a gathering and celebration of American Indian culture to be held April 17-19.






           A family dresses before dancing in the Lakota Omniciye Wacipi (Pow Wow) at BHSU.  This year&rsquos Pow Wow will be held April 17-19 as the concluding event to a week-long celebration of American Indian culture



Drums, dancing and discussion converge on Black Hills State University&rsquos campus during a week-long celebration of Native American culture April 12-19 with this year&rsquos theme "Draw from the Past, Design the Future" with an emphasis on examining new and emergent Native art.

Mary Mitchell, senior elementary education major from Eagle Butte and president of BHSU&rsquos Lakota Omniciye American Indian Student Organization which organizes the week&rsquos events, said this year&rsquos theme comes full circle.

"Our goal was to build a theme for American Indian Awareness Week that pulls from the past but also helps the future," said Mitchell. "The speakers throughout the week are helping us look at Native art in a whole new perspective beyond drawing and painting into fashion design, photography and music."

In addition to notable American Indian speakers on campus throughout the week, BHSU expects over 3,000 participants and spectators for the 32nd Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi (Pow Wow) April 17-19 at the Donald E. Young Sports &amp Fitness Center on the BHSU campus. According to Mitchell, the student-run Wacipi is the culmination of the week&rsquos festivities.

"From the music to the dancing, the Pow Wow is a beautiful gathering of people from all over South Dakota and the region coming together to celebrate Native culture," said Mitchell.

A complete schedule of events for the week is as follows:

Sunday, April 12

   9:30 a.m., 30th Annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run, Lyle Hare Stadium

Tuesday, April 14

   9:30 a.m. &ndash 10:45 a.m. "Cheyenne River Photography," Jonas Hall, room 107

   - Dawn E. Lebeau (Cheyenne River Lakota), photographer

   11:00 a.m. &ndash 12:15 p.m. "Spoken Word/Performance Poetry," Jonas Hall, room 104

   - Shawn Little Thunder (Cheyenne River Lakota), singer/songwriter and poet

   7:00 p.m. &ndash 9:00 p.m. "Lakota Star Knowledge Film, part of the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series," Joy (Proctor) Krautschun Alumni Welcome Center

   - Dr. Craig Howe (Oglala Sioux), director of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies, and Sam Hurst, filmmaker  

Wednesday, April 15

   9:00 a.m. &ndash 9:50 a.m. "Rencountre Graphic Arts and Photography," Jonas Hall, room 107

   - Whitney and Jessie Rencountre (Hunkpati Dakota and Hunkpapa Lakota), graphic designer and photographer

    2:00 p.m. &ndash 3:00 p.m. "Indigene Studios &lsquoThe People,&rsquo" Jonas Hall, room 107

   - Angel White Eyes (Oglala Lakota/Turtle Mountain Ojibway), artist and photographer

   6 p.m. Reception and 7 p.m. Banquet, American Indian College Scholarship Gala including silent auction, buffalo buffet banquet and door prizes, Joy (Proctor) Krautschun Alumni Welcome Center, $75 single/$140 couple, discount prices available for BHSU alumni and those over 55, contact Dr. Urla Marcus, director, or Rosie Sprague, assistant director BHSU American Indian Studies at 605-642-6578 to purchase tickets

   - Featuring speaker John Gritts (Cherokee), artist and educator


Thursday, April 16

   9:30 a.m. &ndash 10:45 a.m. "Using Social Media as a Platform," Jonas Hall, room 107

   - Mato Standing High (Rosebud Lakota), attorney and consultant

   11:00  a.m. &ndash 12:15 p.m. "Dakota South Records:  The Art of Music," Jonas Hall, room 104

   - Brandis Knudson (Lakota), musician

   12:30 p.m. &ndash 1:45 p.m. "Native American Journalism," Jonas Hall, room 107

   - Karin Eagle (Oglala Lakota), journalist

Friday, April 17

   9:00 a.m. &ndash 9:50 a.m. "Native American Fashion Design," Jonas Hall, room 107

   - Charlie Cuny (Oglala Lakota), fashion designer and performer

   7 p.m. Wacipi (Pow Wow) Grand Entry, Donald E. Young Sports &amp Fitness Center &ndash Field House

Saturday, April 18


   12 p.m. &amp 7 p.m. Wacipi (Pow Wow) Grand Entry, Donald E. Young Sports &amp Fitness Center &ndash Field House

   5 p.m., Free Buffalo Feed, Student Union

Sunday, April 19

   12 p.m. Wacipi (Pow Wow) Grand Entry, Donald E. Young Sports &amp Fitness Center &ndash Field House

   Afternoon, Crowning of Miss and Jr. Miss Lakota Omniciye

For more information about American Indian Awareness Week contact Dr. Urla Marcus, director of American Indian Studies at BHSU, or Rosie Sprague, assistant director, at 605-642-6578.


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