October 12, 2011

He Sapa Style Show 2011

South Dakota doesn't celebrate Columbus Day - instead, they celebrate Native American Day. While the rest of the country commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus and his three ships (which didn't even make it to America, btw), people in South Dakota honor the Indigenous peoples who were here long before Columbus.

The Black Hills Powwow, or He Sapa Wacipi as it is known in the Lakota language, is one of the biggest celebrations, coinciding each year with the weekend before Native American Day.

It is a competition powwow held in Rapid City. Besides dance and drum competitions, there are also a wide variety of other events, such as a youth day symposium, hang game tournament, Miss He Sapa Win Contest, and a Style Show.

Above is a picture from the 2011 He Sapa Style Show featuring a design by Mildred Carpenter (photo by Dawnee LeBeau). Designers at this year's event included Darlene Perkins, Meghan Casey, Sina Shaw, Prarie Edge, Darla Brown, Bessie Sherwood, Mildred Carpenter, and Jackie Bird '2010 He Sapa Style Show Designer of the year.'


  1. Awe Man thats awesome! WHY DIDNT YOU POST THIS BEFORE COLUMBUS DAY???? I totally wouldve joined in. I was really conflicted Monday. It was a very relaxing day but I was like "should this Holiday feel this good. Its a celebration of so many bad things." Maybe they honor Columbus because he discovered the Americas. Just because he didnt make it to the continent he did cut a path over here. *shrugs* Any who, I will keep this post in mind next year. Up lifting the people who were here first.

  2. haha! MrsWardy88, I'm not that organized to get info out ahead of time! haha, naw, but I wanted to show pictures from the event, but only a few have trickled through, I will probably post more pictures about the event next week :)

  3. Grazi babe! And great work with the blog. :)

  4. to Jessica - I "MILDJ" Collection (Mildred High Elk Carpenter) won the "Designer of the Year" 2011 here at the HeSaPa Style Show...n was very much honored. Dawnee LeBeau the photographer has some great Pics. Thanks Jessica I am glad I was searchn the web...