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Activities abound at NSU Culturefest, Wacipi
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Next weekend at Northern State University, you can learn about countries across the globe, listen to a speech by an Olympic gold medalist and taste international cuisine.

It’s all part of NSU’s Culturefest on Friday, Nov. 2, and the Wacipi (powwow) on Saturday, Nov. 3. Both events are in the newly remodeled NSU Barnett Center. 
Northern’s second annual Culturefest, a celebration of international culture, will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children in grades 1-12, and free for children under 6. 

More than 200 people from the community, as well as 500 students, attended last year’s inaugural Culturefest. Organizers want to see even more community members this year, said NSU International Student Adviser Stacey Schmidt. Schmidt said it’s a family-friendly event for people of all ages.

“There’s something everyone will enjoy,” she said.

More than 20 cultures will be represented from countries including Russia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Serbia and Korea. Northern academic departments and community organizations will also have booths set up in the Barnett Center. One community group will be the Overseas Club, which consists of community members from different countries, Schmidt said.

More than 400 students are expected from high schools that take classes through NSU’s Center for Statewide E-learning, she said. Activities will include a scavenger hunt, where students can get cards punched at different booths as they embark on the hunt. This year, international food sampling will take place at individual cultural booths. There will also be two stages of entertainment this year – the larger New World Stage and the smaller Culture Jam Stage in the southeast corner of the gym. The changes are to help improve the flow of people walking through the event, Schmidt said. The food sampling will be free of charge, while supplies last. The Barnett Center concession stand will also be open.



The annual NSU Wacipi (powwow), a celebration of Native American culture, will be the culminating event for NSU’s Diversity Week and kick-off for Native American Heritage Month. Head staff for the Wacipi include “Eyapaha” (emcee) Tony Bobtail Bear of Little Eagle; arena director, NSU alum Melvin Hill, of Wakpala; and host drum, Bad Nation, of Fort Thompson. (Veterans lodge to be announced.) 

Special guest will be Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills, an Oglala Lakota (Sioux) raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation who won gold at the 1964 Olympic games. At 7:30 a.m., Mills will participate in a three- to five-mile run/casual fall walk with the Aberdeen Area Running Club beginning and ending at the Barnett Center. Mills will then give a public presentation at 9 a.m. at the Barnett Center.
All events are free and open to the public. Schedules for both events follow.

   New World Stage
• 10:15 a.m.: NANTA (Korean drum group)
• 11:15 a.m.: Saudi Arabian student performance
• 11:45 a.m.: Zumba performance
• 12:15 p.m.: Polynesian dance
• 6 p.m.: Zumba performance
• 6:30 p.m.: China beat performance
• 7 p.m.: Saudi Arabian student performance
• 7:30 p.m.: NANTA

   Culture Jam Stage
• 10:30 a.m.: Chinese students/martial art demonstration
• 11:30 a.m.: International string performance/Korean student performance
• 12:30 p.m.: Sister Inonge Mooto from Africa/Brazilian dance performance
• 6:15 p.m.: Finger-picking guitar performance
 For more information, contact Amy Blackstone at 605-626-2544 or

• 9 a.m.: Billy Mills, Olympic gold medalist, Oglala Lakota
• 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Registration
• 1 and 7 p.m.: Grand Entry
• 5 p.m.: Meal (free of charge) 
For more information on these events, visit Culturefest/Wacipi at
The events are taking place in conjunction with Northern’s Family Weekend. For more information, visit Family Day at