UND Hosts 48th Annual 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. 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.

To find out more about the week-long event, click here.