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Prairie Island Indian Community Summer Wacipi-Powwow
Jul 7, 2023 @ 8:00 am - Jul 9, 2023 @ 11:30 pm
Join us at the largest celebration of the year. Embrace a bit of Heritage at the Prairie Island Indian Powwow. Packed with ceremonial presentations and learning experiences. Regalias are worn by dancers to honor elders and veterans. Singing and rhythmic beats fill the air while gorgeous hand crafted adornments are worn and presented to dancers. This social gathering is open to the public. All powwows begin with a grand entry. This is a time when all dancers enter the ring, led by elders, veterans, lead dancers and any honored guests. All visitors are asked to stand for grand entry and the presentation of the flags and songs. Grand entry ends with a blessing for the gathering.. These colorful garments are not only symbolic but many times family heirlooms. While the atmosphere is celebratory, it is also deeply spiritual and always demands respectfulness. The powwow arena, where the dancing and singing takes place, is meant for ceremony and is not to be used as a playground or pass through. The powwow will be led by a master of ceremonies and guests should follow the guidance and directions at all times.
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