The Wacipi (pronounced wah-chee-pee), or Pow Wow, is a traditional Native American celebration of life. It is a time when people gather together to dance, sing, and celebrate, while renewing friendships, old and new. Meaning “they dance” in the Dakota language, the Wacipi has transcended generations and has taken on new forms and meanings over the years. Historically, it was a time to gather at the end of a season, to celebrate a good hunt, or to recognize a positive event. While the dances still hold sacred ceremonial meaning for those who participate, today’s Wacipi has evolved into a contest Pow Wow, where dancers and drum groups compete for top honors and prize money.
SMSC Wacipi Grounds: 3212 Dakotah Pkwy, Shakopee, MN 55379