Annual Time-Out Wacipi celebration and events begin April 4 at UND

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Annual Time-Out Wacipi celebration and events begin April 4 at UND

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. 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.

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 – “Voice of a Contemporary Native Sculptor,” a presentation by Bruce LaFountain, 3-4:30 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl
  • April 5 – “Contemporary American Indian Cooking,” a cooking demonstration by Hillary Kempenich, 12-2 p.m., Wellness Center Culinary Corner
  • April 6 – Earl Bullhead discusses his experiences teaching the Lakota language, 2-3:30 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl
  • April 7 – 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.

Wacipi Dance Competition

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:

  • Adult men’s and women's Golden age 55 +
  • Senior adults men and women ages 35-54
  • Junior adults men and women ages 18-34
  • Teen boys and girls ages 13-17
  • Junior boys and girls ages 6-12
  • Tiny tots ages 0-5
  • 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 “American Indian Education: The Link and Connection for Indian Children” 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 men’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.

For more information, call 777-4291 or 777-4314 or visit UND Indian Studies Association or UND Indian Association

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