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Takuwe now on Exhibit!

42nd Annual Powwow and Cultural Activities
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2018 Schedule of Events

A traditional Lakota (Sioux) powwow helps Native American children, like those at St. Joseph’s Indian School, share their culture, heritage and traditions with friends like you from around the nation.

Since 1976, St. Joseph’s Indian School has hosted an annual weekend of Lakota culture on our Chamberlain, South Dakota campus.

Visitors are welcomed and encouraged to attend many or all of our powwow activities.

Guests enjoy free Native American cultural activities like:

  • A tiyospayeextended family — banquet on Friday night
  • Cultural Activities — dreamcatcher crafting, Lakota hand games, dance presentation and more!
  • Tours of St. Joseph’s campus, school and the children’s homes
  • An all day powwow dance competition for Lakota children of all ages
  • Indian drum group competition
  • Traditional Lakota (Sioux) meals
  • And much, much more!!

Takuwe now on Exhibit!

Takuwe — Asking Why on Exhibit!

"Takuwe," which in English means "why," centers on 1890 Massacre of 300 Lakotas on December 29, 1890. Developed by the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS), the exhibit opened on June 11 and will on display through October.

The narrative structure of "Takuwe" is based on the words of Lakotas who were there in 1890 and 1891. Their recollections and reflections guide visitors through the exhibition in seven chronological periods:

  • BELIEF expresses the spiritual context of the Ghost Dance.
  • ASSASSINATION focuses on the early morning killing of Sitting Bull on December 15, 1890.
  • TREK covers the journey of Spotted Elk and his people from along the Cheyenne River toward Red Cloud’s community in Pine Ridge Reservation.
  • MASSACRE portrays the senseless killing of innocent Lakota children, women and men on Monday, December 29, 1890, at Wounded Knee.
  • INTERVAL covers the period of time from immediately after the massacre through January 2, 1891.
  • INTERMENT concentrates on January 3-4, 1891 and the burial of the Lakotas whose bodies remained on the site in a mass, unmarked grave.
  • PROPOSAL, the final section, offers an opportunity to reflect on the complex legacy of the massacre and looks forward to the ways in which Lakota citizens and tribes will continue to commemorate Wounded Knee.

Takuwe will be on exhibit through October 22, 2018. An exhibit reception is scheduled for July 13, 2018 from 4:00 7:00 pm.