Prairie Edge Update!
Once again our season is changing; we began the year watching as the snow melted and quenched the thirst of all new growth, thickening the green grass and spreading a canopy of shade from the towering trees above.
A Powwow, Wacipi in the Dakota Language, was originally a spring event to celebrate the seasonal renewal of new life. People would congregate to sing, dance, renew old friendships and form new ones. Powwows had religious significance as opportunities to hold a naming, now usually conducted in the privacy of a family gathering and honoring ceremonies. In the Dakota/Lakota tradition, the celebration was also a prayer to Wakantanka (the Great Spirit, Grandfather or Great Mystery). The term "powwow" is traced to Algonquin language. Rose talks more about the importance of powwow over on our new blog!
The He Sapa Wacipi (Black Hills Powwow) is fast approaching, this year makes the 24th annual and is held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, October 8-9 and 10th. Powwows are still very much a part of the lives of many Native Americans around the state and country and are held every weekend, often at several locations during peak periods from June into October.
Of special interest this year, the Black Hills Powwow committee has renamed the He Sapa Wacipi the "Year of Unity Powwow" for 2010. This coincides with the Year of Unity proclamation by Governor Mike Rounds made earlier this year. The Year of Unity is in celebration of the accomplishments of South Dakotans over the past twenty years since the original "Year of Reconciliation" was made by the then Governor George Mickelson. The Governor met an untimely death later that same year and the "Year of Reconciliation" lost steam. The original concept had been brought forward by Tim Giago, editor of the Native Sun News newspaper and late last year (2009), Tim began gathering supporters to help present a plan to Governor Rounds for bringing forward the Year of Unity in 2010.
Our book and music department carries a wide variety of media regarding the Native American powwow. If you would like to purchase a copy of our local He Sapa powwow, click on the following link:
"22nd Annual He Sapa Wacipi", this is a recording of the 2008 powwow held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Perhaps you would like to educate yourself on the different dance traditions, click on any one of the following links: "Highlights of Women's Jingle and Fancy Shawl Dance" - "Women's Northern and Southern Tradition" - "Men's Fancy and Grass Dance" - "Men's Traditional and Chicken Dance". All of these DVD's provide the sights and sounds of the contemporary powwow and the dancers involved. For your ease click on the following link for a list of all of our available powwow dance and music films.
A truly informative and beautifully photographed composite is the book entitled "People of the Circle" by Chris Roberts, in its content you will be able to find the answer to any question you may have regarding the history and the proper etiquette expected while attending such an event.
Another fine book for your collection would be "Faces from the Land, Twenty Years of Powwow Tradition" by Ben and Linda Marra.
The powwow would be nothing without the beat of the drum. It is the heart, the pulse that sets the stage for all who dance. "Midnight Express - Chasing the Sun" is one of our most popular new powwow music releases. "Bad Nation - About Time" is another. For more variety, check out our entire section on powwow music.
The "Gathering of Nations Powwow" held its 27th annual this year in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Hot off the press and in stock is the 2010 event on DVD. Gathering of Nations is the largest indigenous event in the world.
Let's not forget the little ones whom are every bit as important as the seasoned dancers...for those tiny-tots we offer "Kid's Pow-Wow Songs" performed by the Black Lodge Singers, these songs were created especially for children to dance to during powwows or anytime just for fun.
The aspens are quaking and the smell of the season is in the air. The last chance to put on your dancing moccasins is just around the corner...if you've never attended or participated in a powwow take the time to do so. The sights and sounds of the powwow are like nothing you have ever experienced. Feel the heartbeat...attend a powwow!
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- Best wishes from the staff at Prairie Edge and the Sioux Trading Post
Located in Rapid City, SD, Prairie Edge offers an extensive collection of Native American arts and crafts, educational materials, and an unparalleled selection of regional fine art. The store's trading company, Sioux Trading Post, maintains a comprehensive inventory of quality craft supplies, Czech and Italian beads, and Native American botanicals.