Pow wow brings dancers together from across the region to BHSU - KOTA Territory News

Pow wow brings dancers together from across the region to BHSU

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Black Hills State University was alive with dance on Sunday.

The 31st Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi powwow brings together dancers from all over the region, including Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska. It's part of the week–long celebration dedicated to educating the community about Native American culture, featuring daily speakers and a variety of events at BHSU.

Rosie Sprague, assistant director of the Center for American Indian Studies at BHSU, said "The overall goal of American Indian Awareness week is to bring awareness to these topics concerning Native Americans and Native American communities to the students, faculty and staff of BHSU as well as the Black Hills community."

Mary Mitchell, co–coordinator of the event, said each dance has its own meaning.

"You can go anywhere from, there's grass, to traditional, to jingle and they all have their own different dances and their own regalia that they wear," Mitchell said. "Each dance is a little bit different."

This year's theme "Earth is Sacred; Honor our Mother" focuses on environmental concerns.

Organizers say between 500 and 1,000 people attended the event, including 200 to 300 dancers.

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