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A drum group performs at the Oglala Nation Wacipi and Rodeo in Pine Ridge.
A drum group performs at the Oglala Nation Wacipi and Rodeo in Pine Ridge.
SD Public Radio photo
September 9, 2014

Pow Wows Have Rich History, Future for South Dakota's Tribes

One of South Dakota’s many pow wows, the Oglala Nation Wacipi and Rodeo takes place every summer on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in southwest South Dakota, reports South Dakota Public Radio as part of its Landscapes of South Dakota.

There are several dances associated with Native American pow wows including the jingle dance, fancy dance, traditional dance, and the grass dance – each with it’s own costume and music.

People from across the globe come to South Dakota to experience a pow wow, which have been a tribal tradition for hundreds of years and which have changed some in modern times. Beyond the pow wow competition, activities include a rodeo, skateboard competitions, language competitions, softball and basketball games, parades, mud volleyball, horse shoes, a run, and water activities for children.

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Drum group at the Oglala Nation Wacipi and Rodeo in Pine Ridge, SD

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