The Black Hills Powwow is back in October. Here are 5 things to know about the event.

RAPID CITY, S.D.– After  a two-year break, one of the biggest events in Rapid City is returning this October.

Here are five things to know about the Black Hills Powwow:

1. The event attracts thousands

The Black Hills Powwow will take place at the Monument on October 7, 8, and 9 of this year which will feature performers from across the nation and even Canada. The Black Hills Powwow is one of the most well-known events in the country. Last held in 2019, the event drew more than 4,500 out-of-town attendees to Rapid City and generated over $4,000,000 in revenue.

2. What to know about the competitions

Vendors will be located in the Barnett fieldhouse for the Art and Info Tradeshow, which will be free for the public. Performances will take place this year in the new Summit Arena, which first opened in 2021. Competitions will include men’s/women’s/children’s categories for the different dance events, and will also host a singing competition. Winners for the events will be announced Sunday.

3. Officials excited to bring the event back

Originally postponed due to the pandemic, officials see the return as a both a means of healing and unity for the public. “We are excited to bring everyone together to meet new relatives, see old relatives and friends,” Vice President of the Black Hills Powwow Dew Bad Warrior Ganje said. “And just a really special time and celebration that we’re able to showcase with with the world. And being that it’s in our beautiful, sacred Black Hills, it is a good feeling that everybody has when they come to the Black Hills.”

4. You will learn about indigenous culture

The Black Hills Powwow is an event everyone in the community is invited to come see. And for anyone interested in learning more about the sights and sounds of the powwow, Bad Warrior-Ganje explains that from the moment people walk in, there will be opportunities to learn about indigenous culture, such as through programs like Wacipi 101. Signups will be available for people in attendance. “Providing education for a better understanding is what everybody is asking for,” she explained. “This is an opportunity to share the beauty of our culture with the community in a way that they are able to ask questions if they do not understand.”

5. Here’s how to get more information

To see more about what is in store for the weekend, the Black Hills Powwow website has more information including a full schedule of events.

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