A Celebration of Life Wacipi means "they all dance" in the Dakota language. Dance has always been an important part of our ancestors' ceremonial practices. The Wacipi, or Pow Wow, is a celebration of life. Native Americans gather for a cultural and social celebration of dancing, singing and visiting. This is a time when Native Americans gather to meet old friends, make new ones, and honor those who have come before them. A time to gather, share, reflect and thank the Creator. It was originally a gathering time held at the end of a season to celebrate a good hunt or recognize a positive event. There, Indian people would dance to entertain, but the dancing was originally a part of ceremonial practices and used to tell tribal stories. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the whirl of colors, sights and sounds of our annual Wacipi. From the inspiring rhythms of the drum groups to Native American dancers in full regalia, we invite you to share in our culture.