An event in downtown Sioux Falls Monday night gave South Dakotans another way to recognize Native Americans’ Day; the Multi-Cultural Center of Sioux Falls organized a wacipi, or a powwow.
You can take in this event from both the floor level and this bird’s eye view, where KELOLAND News met Andrea Eastman, who is Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate.
“I’m enjoying myself,” Eastman said. “It’s nice to see a lot of other natives here, different tribes, and it’s a good time to get together and visit.”
Also here are Tisha Blue Bird and her brother Lawrence. Both are Oglala Lakota. Tisha is here for her family.
“Just to show my kids that this is their culture,” Tisha Blue Bird said.
“It’s just a good time for us to come together, and it’s better than Columbus Day, right, right? Yeah, and it’s for everyone,” Lawrence said. “Very inter-tribal.”
“What is happening here is a lovely, lovely thing,” said Christy Nicolaisen, executive director of the Multi-Cultural Center of Sioux Falls.
Nicolaisen wants people to join in.
“I think people need to come, whether you’re native or non-native, to come down and experience it,” Nicolaisen said. “It is a beautiful, sacred event, where people can learn about each other, you celebrate with each other, you can dance with each other.”
Eastman was also at Monday’s parade in downtown Sioux Falls.
“I like that Sioux Falls acknowledges Native American Day, and I feel that’s important, and I like to see other big events like this, and I’ll come back again for sure,” Eastman said.