‘Time out’ for tradition of grandeur

48th annual Wacipi highlights week-long celebration of American Indian contributions to art and culture

Wacipi 2017

A kaleidoscope of color and rhythm, the Wacipi, or powwow, will end a week of educational events that bring in people from across the nation to enjoy American Indian culture. All events are free. Photo by Jackie Lorentz/UND Today.

Thousands of spectators are expected on campus next week to attend the 48th annual UND Time Out Week and Wacipi.

A kaleidoscope of color and rhythm, the Wacipi, or powwow, will end a week of educational events that bring in people from across the nation to enjoy American Indian culture. All events are free.

“The Wacipi Powwow is a wonderful celebration and rare opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture that requires one only to walk across campus,” said UND President Kennedy. “All students should take advantage of the opportunity to broaden their horizons.”

Students who attend the Wacipi, which will take place April 20 and 21 in the Hyslop Sports Center on campus, will be eligible to win a scholarship. A total of $5,000 in scholarships will be given over the two days of the Wacipi.

A powwow is a celebration of life, said the UND Indian Association, which organizes the Wacipi each year. It’s a time when people of all ages can gather together to sing, dance, renew old friendships, make new friends and share the beauty of life. The contest portion of the event, with its strong rhythms and the dancers’ spectacular outfits and energy, is a highlight of cultural life in Greater Grand Forks.

The whole week, culminating with the Wacipi, is one of UND’s signature annual events for the public. It’s also an important component of UND’s strategic efforts to foster a more welcoming, safe and inclusive campus climate.

Important discussions

Young men wear traditional outfits during a Wacipi celebration held on the UND campus. Photo by Jackie Lorentz/UND Today.

Young men wear traditional outfits during a Wacipi celebration held on the UND campus. Photo by Jackie Lorentz/UND Today.

Time Out Week, which is organized by the UND Indian Studies Association, features educational programming and the opportunity to take time out to learn something new.

The keynote speaker is Steve Martin, a UND alumnus who owns KS Energy, a power generation and asset management company in Botswana. He is set to give his talk at 10 a.m. Friday, April 20, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Educational sessions on the Standing Rock tribe and Dakota Access Pipeline protests were organized by Mark Trahant, Chuck Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism in the UND Department of Communication.

“Standing Rock was an historic moment for the news media,” said Trahant. “Here we had a huge North Dakota story at a time when journalism resources were stretched. What can we learn from that now? How can the press as an institution be better prepared? And how can governments tell their story, too?  We have some great panelists from working journalists to public officials who can help us understand the complexity.”

“Standing Rock & the Media” will include multiple sessions beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday and running throughout the day. A full schedule is below.

If you go:

Time Out Week events will be held in the Memorial Union Ballroom unless otherwise indicated.

The schedule is:

Tuesday, April 17

  • 6 p.m., AISES Family Science Night, Memorial Union Ballroom

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

  • 9 a.m., RAIN presents “Telling Our Story: A Cultural Presentation on the Dakota and Mandan Hidatsa Arikara,” Memorial Union Lecture Bowl
  • 1 p.m., Opening Ceremony & Welcome
    • Remarks by UND President Mark Kennedy, Vice President for Student Affairs & Diversity Cara Halgren and UNDIA/ISA President Hannah Balderas
  • 2 p.m., A Discussion on Human Trafficking” with Ruth Buffalo
  • 3 p.m., #MMIW Awareness Walk by Society of Indian Psychologists
  • 5 p.m Native Youth Leading Youth by Society of Indian Psychologists

Thursday, April 19, Mark Trahant (Communication) presents “Standing Rock & the Media”

  • 9 a.m., Slide show of Standing Rock news stories, video and photographs
  • 9:30 a.m., “A Conversation with Jodi Gillette”
  • 11 a.m., Panel of Reporters
    • Sandy Tolan, LA Times
    • Renee Jean, Williston Herald
    • Jason Begay, Montana Journalism Review
  • 12:15 p.m., Lunch provided by Department of Communication and College of Arts & Sciences
  • 1 p.m., Hagerty Lecture Keynote with Jenni Monet
  • 2 p.m., “Challenges of Communicating the Government’s Story,” Nicole Willis, Standing Rock
  • 3:30 p.m., “What We’ve Learned?” A Townhall and Debriefing with Mike Jacobs
  • 6 p.m., Dream Building and Live Music with Fire Rose Indigenous Recording Artist

Friday, April 20, 2018

  • 9 a.m., Tribal Visit Day – Check in
  • 10 a.m., Closing Keynote with Steve Martin, CEO, KS Energy
  • 11:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tribal Visit Day – Campus tour
  • Noon, Northern Plains Indian Law Center Distinguished Indian Law Speaker “Indigenous Governance and Strong Sustainability,” with Grant Christensen, UND School of Law associate professor, Law School Baker Courtroom
  • 1-6 p.m., Visit Greater Grand Forks
  • 7 p.m., Time Out Wacipi Grand Entry, UND Hyslop Sports Center, 2751 2nd Avenue North

Saturday, April 21

  • 1 p.m., Time Out Wacipi Grand Entry, Hyslop Sports Center