He Sapa Wacipi: Black Hills Powwow 08 / Various
The He Sapa Wacipi is an impressive cultural event held annually at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, SD. Hundreds of Native American singers and dancers converge on the Civic Center to compete for thousands of dollars in song and dance competition. It is a public event and features not only Lakota, Dakota and Nakota but also many tribes from as far away as Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, and the northwest, northeast, Canada and even from the southeast. Many tribes are represented in the actual competition. Over 700 dancers and 35 drum groups represented 57 different tribes. The Black Hills is sacred to the "Oceti Sakowin"