The annual Time-Out Wacipi will be held April 4-10 at the University of North Dakota, celebrating 41 years of education and diversity with speakers, entertainment, workshops and activities for all ages.
Events for Time-Out Week begin 11 a.m. April 4 at the Memorial Union with a spiritual blessing and welcome. Throughout the week, a variety of activities that are free and open to the public will be held on campus. Some events include:
April 4 â€“ â€œVoice of a Contemporary Native Sculptor,â€ a presentation by Bruce LaFountain, 3-4:30 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl
April 5 â€“ â€œContemporary American Indian Cooking,â€ a cooking demonstration by Hillary Kempenich, 12-2 p.m., Wellness Center Culinary Corner
April 6 â€“ Earl Bullhead discusses his experiences teaching the Lakota language, 2-3:30 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl
April 7 â€“ A hoop dance demonstration by Wayne Fox, 7 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl
These events provide educational opportunities highlighting the cultural traditions, talents, and contributions that American Indians bring to the community and region.
A Wacipi is a celebration featuring dancing and singing. Drum groups and dancers come from all parts of the continent to take part in this cultural celebration.
On April 8, the grand entry for UNDIA Wacipi dance competition begins at 7 p.m. in the Hyslop Sport Center. Grand entries will also take place on April 9 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on April 10 at 1 p.m. The categories are:
â€¢Â Â Â Â Â Â Adult menâ€™s and women’s Golden age 55 +
â€¢Â Â Â Â Â Â Senior adults men and women ages 35-54
â€¢Â Â Â Â Â Â Junior adults men and women ages 18-34
â€¢Â Â Â Â Â Â Teen boys and girls ages 13-17
â€¢Â Â Â Â Â Â Junior boys and girls ages 6-12
â€¢Â Â Â Â Â Â Tiny tots ages 0-5
â€¢Â Â Â Â Â Â Singing contest: First to fourth place
Registration begins April 8 at 4 p.m. and closes April 9 at 1 p.m. Admission is free to UND students with ID and those over 60 and under 5 years old. The cost to all others is $10 for the weekend or $6 per day. A traditional feed on April 9 at 5 p.m. is free to the public.
In conjunction with Time-Out Wacipi, the North Dakota Indian Education Association will host a conference on â€œAmerican Indian Education: The Link and Connection for Indian Childrenâ€ April 7-8 on the second floor of the Memorial Union.
The UND Indian Association is sponsoring the Timeout Tournament April 8-10 at Hyslop Sports complex. The 16-team, double-elimination menâ€™s competition is open to teams with 10-man rosters.
Time-Out Wacipi sponsors include the City of Grand Forks, UND Student Government, Student Organization Funding Agency (SOFA), American Indian Student Services, Department of Indian Studies, UND Indian Association (UNDIA), UND Indian Studies Association (U ND ISA) and the Cultural Awareness Committee.