Black Hills Pow Wow kicks off with youth performances

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Black Hills Pow Wow kicked off with a day of youth-centered events Friday. There were special guests, hand games, artists, and athletes.

Students from all the RCAS schools attended youth day at the Black Hills Pow Wow, both to watch and perform.

Men and women of all ages performed traditional dance, grass dancing, fancy shall, and jingle dress dancing. Each dance and outfit have cultural significance. The jingle dress dance is believed to bring healing. 

One dancer describes the meaning of the traditional dance.

“We dance to support and bring balance to the men,” said Lynn Cuny White.

These dances have been passed down for generations and pow wows have been a cultural celebration for centuries.

“I got into this from my dad, my grandpas, uncles everybody that I know from my family we all grass dance. I’ve been doing it since I was born,” said Wakiyan Cuny.

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