ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s fifth
will include a special guest who performed at the opening of the 2008 Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Hoop dancer Jackie Bird will perform at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Wacipi, which will be held in the NSU Barnett Center. All are welcome to this free event. Registration is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Grand entry is at 1 and 7 p.m. The meal is at 5 p.m.
Bird (Dakota, Mandan, Hidatsa) has performed throughout the world in locations across the United States and Canada, as well as Germany, Italy, Hungary, Peru, Sweden, Japan and Australia. She has worked with nationally known performers and groups including Bonnie Raitt, The Steve Miller Band and Natalie Merchant.
“We are proud to be hosting Jackie Bird,” said Louis Walking Elk (Standing Rock Lakota), NSU Native American Student Association (NASA) president. “We are very fortunate to have this international entertainer sharing her talents and gifts with us.”
The Wacipi is sponsored by NSU NASA and Multicultural Student Affairs.
NASA also plans an all-alumni honoring during Saturday's afternoon session. The hope is to gather as many alumni as possible, not only to honor them, but also to provide networking opportunities in Aberdeen and the entire region.
Head event staff includes:
• Master of ceremonies: Danny Seaboy, Sisseton (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate).
• Arena director: NSU alum Melvin Hill, Wakpala (Standing Rock Lakota).
• Host drum: Bad Nation, Fort Thompson (Crow Creek Dakota).
• Veterans lodge: American Legion Post 239, Little Eagle (Standing Rock Lakota).
The afternoon session is 1-4:30 p.m. The evening session is 7-10 p.m. Specials will include a hand drum contest, cowboy special, kahomni special and more. All royalty, drums and dancers are welcome, as well as craft vendors.
For more information, contact NSU American Indian Student Adviser Tomee Brown at 605-626-3007 or firstname.lastname@example.org