This year’s theme is “Seven Generations of Native Identity.” Most of the events will be held at various sites inside the UND Memorial Union.
Sponsors of the events include American Indian Student Services, the Department of Indian Studies, the Cultural Awareness Committee, Office of the President, the city of Grand Forks, Student Government and the Student Organizations Funding Agency (SOFA).
Time-Out Week at UND features speakers discussing the American Indian culture and also provides information on what the powwow means to American Indians.
The Wacipi – a weekend of song and dance – will be held at the Hyslop Sports Arena. It includes an annual basketball tournament in which teams compete for prizes.
The Wacipi draws a crowd representing tribes from all across the United States and Canada. It provides UND’s American Indian students – the majority of whom are from North Dakota – with the opportunity to openly and respectfully express and share their cultures.
Registration for the Wacipi event starts at 4 p.m., Friday, April 19, and closes at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 20.
The Grand Entries for the Wacipi are set for 7 p.m., Friday, April 19; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, April 20; and 1 p.m., Sunday, April 21, in the Hyslop Sports Center on campus.
Anyone is invited to attend a traditional meal that is scheduled to be served at 5 p.m., Saturday, April 20.
Admission to the Wacipi is free for UND students with valid student ID. $12 for the weekend or $7 per day. Members of the public 60 and older or younger than 5 are also free. Wristbands must be worn at all times.
Time-Out Week and the Wacipi provide the Greater Grand Forks community with a unique opportunity to participate in the culturally rich and highly informative events featuring the music, crafts and the colorful dance regalia of the indigenous tribes of the state and region. This event is open to the public and is free for all UND students, children younger than five and those over the age of 60.
Time-Out Week Schedule:
Monday, April 15:
- 10 a.m. – Opening Ceremony, Fireside Lounge, Memorial Union (including Damian Webster, president of the UND Indian Student Association; and UND President Robert Kelley).
- Noon – Native Cooking Demonstration with Amber Finley, Wellness Center kitchen.
- 2 p.m. – “The Indian Conjectures – North American History, Academic Heresy,” a presentation by Denny Gayton. Location: UND Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.
- 4 p.m. – Native American Story Telling, Bookstore Children’s Department, with Damian Webster.
- 6 p.m. – American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Family Science Night, Memorial Union Ballroom.
Tuesday, April 16:
- 10 a.m. – Chance Rush, motivational speaker, Memorial Union River Valley Room.
- 1 p.m. – “From our Elders to Our Children: Living as a 21st Century Indian?” a presentation by John Gonzales, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.
- 3 p.m. – “Tiyojë:nöni:h: Peace is Action (Journey of the Peacemaker),” a presentation by Daniel Webster, Memorial Union River Valley Room.
- 6 p.m. – “Impact and interpretation of the Dakota War of 1862,” a presentation by Tamara St. John, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.
- 7 p.m. – Film “Dakota 38″ and follow up discussion. Lecture Bowl.
Wednesday, April 17:
- 10 a.m. – LastRealIndians.com Year One, a presentation by Chase Iron Eyes, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.
- 2 p.m. – Chance Rush, motivational speaker/comedian, Memorial Union River Valley Room.
- 5 p.m. – Spoken Word Open Mic, Memorial Union Ballroom.
- 6:30 p.m. – Powwow Presentation: The dances of the Wacipi, with the Rivers Edge Drum Group, Chance Rush and/or B.J. Rainbow, Memorial Union Ballroom.
Thursday, April 18:
- 8 a.m. – McNair Program Research Presentations (All Day Event), Memorial Union River Valley Room.
- 10 a.m. – Wampum Belts and Haudenosaunee Oral Tradition, with Jamie Jacobs, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.
- 1 p.m. – “Carrying the Load with Code: The Legacy of a Code Talker,” a presentation by Frank Sage, Memorial Union Badlands Room.
- 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Opening Reception of “Minwaajimo — Telling a Good Story:” Art collection of Hillary Davis Kempenich (April 18-May11), Blue Door Gallery, 2 N. Third St., Suite C., Grand Forks.
- 7 p.m. – QueseIMC musical performance, Memorial Union Ballroom.
Friday, April 19:
- 8 a.m. – Center For Rural Health Training (All Day Event), Memorial Union River Valley Room.
- 10 a.m. – ”Parallels of Invasive Species vs. Indigenous medicines,” a presentation by Tallie Hosetosavit, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.
- American Indian Student Services, 701.777.6985
- Damian Webster, president of the UND Indian Student Association,firstname.lastname@example.org
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