|Time-Out Week and Wacipi set for April 16-22|
The University Indian Association (UNDIA) celebrates its 38th annual Time-Out Week and Wacipi, April 16-22. Each year Time-Out Week is planned, promoted, and hosted by UNDIA, one of the most enduring Native student organizations on campus. Most events are free and open to the public.
"Time-Out Week means taking the time out from your busy lives to take in some cultural education," said UNDIA President B.J. Rainbow, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and descendant of the Spirit Lake Nation and the Standing Rock Hunkpapa Nation. "This year's theme for the Wacipi is "Honoring our Veterans: Past, Present, and Future" and will recognize veterans of all nations and thank them for their service to the country."
The theme of this year's Time-Out Week celebration is "Empowering all Nations: Unity Through Wellness."
"Our theme is health focused, about wellness in all dimensions," said Twyla Baker-Demaray, UNDIA Time-Out Week co-coordinator.
"We have the new Wellness Center on campus and we wanted to highlight that and what it means to Native Americans," said Baker-Demaray. Julie Two Eagle is the other Time-Out Week co-coordinator.
The concluding event, the Time-Out Wacipi (Wa-chee-pee), is the first major spring contest powwow in the state. Thousands of spectators and hundreds of dancers from throughout the region attend this annual event.
As in years past, well-known dancers and drums from throughout the region are expected to attend. Each year new and returning Wacipi participants come together to celebrate the unique and rich Native American culture.
"Time-Out Week and the Wacipi are not just for Native people; they are events for all people," Baker-Demaray adds.
For more information about Time-Out Week and the Wacipi, or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact the University of North Dakota Indian Association at 777-4291 or send an e-mail to: MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor email@example.com.
Time-Out Week and Wacipi information is available on the UNDIA web site at: www.und.nodak.edu/org/undia.
The full Time-Out Week and Wacipi schedule follows:
Monday, April 16
* An opening ceremony will be held outside the Memorial Union at 11 a.m.
* "Honor the Earth" will be presented by Winona LaDuke in the Memorial Union's Lecture Bowl from noon to 1:30 p.m. The Earth is our source of existence and we must preserve it to ensure that a good way of life is passed on to our descendants. Listen to LaDuke speak to the environmental issues facing all cultures and how we can honor the Earth by keeping it and its occupants well. LaDuke has worked on land issues of the White Earth Reservation for nearly 30 years. As a writer, speaker, organizer, activist and leader, LaDuke offers a unique perspective to native environmental issues. Center for People and the Environment, AISES, Women's Center, and the School of Law are sponsoring LaDuke's presentations.
* Community book discussion of "The Grass Dancer" by Susan Power will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Power, enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and a native Chicagoan, wrote this story set on a Sioux reservation in North Dakota. "The Grass Dancer" weaves a myriad of American Indian folk motifs into the fabric of reality, creating a vibrant tale about the connections among generations, about how the actions of our ancestors can affect our contemporary lives. Birgit Hans, chair and professor of Indian Studies department and approved facilitator of the North Dakota Humanities Council ND Reads Program, will facilitate discussion.
* "A Conversation with Writer, Speaker, Organizer, Activist and Leader, Winona LaDuke," will be held in the School of Law Baker Moot Court Room from 4:15 to 5:05 p.m. Listen to LaDuke speak about Federal government policy and tribal law. Ask her questions, hear her responses, and discuss views on Indian country issues. Sponsored by the School of Law.
* "An Evening with John Trudell" will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Come view the acclaimed documentary on the life of John Trudell and stay for a discussion with the recording artist, poet, Vietnam veteran, and former chair of the American Indian movement. Trudell says, about himself, "Some people call me a poet, others say I am an activist. Some say my poetry and music is political . . . I don't buy into any of those labels. I may be a little bit of all those things, but I'm more than any of them. We all are. That's what makes us human." Co-sponsored by the Indian Studies Association.
Tuesday, April 17
* "The Earth as Healer" will be held in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Facilitator Alma Hogan Snell is an elder from the Crow Tribe of Montana. This session will discuss Hogan Snell's experiences as an ethno-botanist. She has become passionate about preserving her culture and the traditional uses for native plants. Learn how the Earth can heal through the use of herbs and roots. Hogan Snell is an author, teacher, historian and cultural presenter living in Fort Smith, Mont. Co-sponsored by AISES and The Center for People and the Environment.
* "Oral Traditions: Lessons of Life" will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Loading Dock. Facilitator Chris Nelson, assistant professor in the Department of English will lead students and faculty in reading and sharing traditional stories. Learn about the lessons taught through stories and the importance of oral traditions in the American Indian culture. Co-sponsored with the Department of English and the Indian Studies Association.
* "Sacred Sites and the Mt. Rushmore Experience" will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union's River Valley Room. Alisha Hall, a UND graduate and facilities administrative assistant for Mt. Rushmore Memorial in Keystone, S.D., will help participants discover the significance of sacred sites in the American Indian culture. Learn about the Indian peoples who call the He Sapa (Black Hills) their home and "church."
* "AISES Family Science Night" will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Family Science Night welcomes families with children of any age and promises science adventures for all. Hands-on science experiments will be available with directions on how to conduct these at home. Door prizes and refreshments will be available. Co-sponsored by AISES and the Dakota Science Center.
* "Exploring the American Indian Experience" will be held from 7:15-8:30 p.m. at the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Learn the basic facts concerning American Indians in the twenty-first century. Topics will include demographic information, issues facing tribal governments, issues facing Indian people and U.S. policy. Also being discussed are the stereotypes about Indians along with factual information. Members of the audience will be encouraged to ask questions and discover the truths about American Indian culture. Greg Gagnon is an assistant professor in the Department of Indian Studies, and a citizen of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa. Co-sponsored by the Department of Indian Studies.
Wednesday, April 18
* "American Indian Music" will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Robert "B.J." Rainbow is an experienced drummer, singer and grass dancer in regional and national contest powwows. Prairie Rose is a poet and activist who lives, works and writes in Fargo. She is a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation in North Dakota, and is a traditional dancer. Rainbow and Prairie Rose will explore the powwow experience through music and dance. Learn the differences between powwow songs, the etiquette around the drums, and appropriate songs for each dance category. Audience participation will be part of this experience.
* "American Indian Cooking" will be held at the Student Wellness Center's Burnt Toast Kitchen from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join Twyla Baker-Demaray (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation) and Hillary Kempenich (Turtle Mountain Chippewa, Ojibway, Cree and French Canadian) as they help participants discover how food can be an important part of cultural transmission, religious observance, and family life for cultures around the world. Baker-Demaray and Kempenich team up again this year to demonstrate traditional Native American comfort foods. Bring an eagerness to learn about Native cooking and an empty stomach! Call Dawn at 777-6393 if you plan to attend this event.
* "Tipi Construction Class" will be held in the Merrifield Greenspace on the quad side of campus from 3 to 5 p.m. Instructors Chris Eells and B.J. Rainbow invite participants to join this class, taught through the Department of Indian Studies, to help students and builders construct a tipi. Ask questions about the tipi and understand the traditions connected to tipi construction. Co-sponsored by the Department of Indian Studies.
* "Visual Storytelling by Scott McCloud" will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Join leading cartoonist and comic theorist Scott McCloud in his presentation and visual lecture on comics and technology. McCloud has written "Understanding Comics," "Reinventing Comics," and "Making Comics," all in graphic novel form. He is also the creator of the comic series Zot! and web comics. Come hear and see McCloud discuss comics, storytelling, online comics and Japanese comics.
* "Snaring the Sun and Other Short Stories" will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Listen to the stories passed on from generation to generation by Cecilia Myerion's family. Myerion, an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and Ojibwe language instructor, will demonstrate the importance of oral traditions and how they are used for enjoyment, entertainment and teaching lessons for all generations.
Thursday, April 19
* The "Fifth Annual American Indian Research Forum" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Current research activities will be shared concerning health risks and health promotion among American Indian communities. Exhibits, discussion and poster sessions are planned. Keynote speaker is Darryl Tonhemah, director of health promotion programs at the University of Oklahoma. For more information on this session, visit http://med.und.nodak.edu/depts/rural/airf/. Sponsored by the Center for Rural health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
* "Beading as a Tradition and Stories of Life" will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. Denise Lajimodiere has been beading since receiving her first loom at age eight. Dr. Lajimodiere is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Tribe and is currently an assistant professor in NDSU's Department of Educational Leadership. Participants will have the opportunity to try the "lazy" stitch used in moccasins, leggings and beaded capes along with the appliqué stitch used for floral design and barrettes. Limited to 30 people, so please call Dawn at 777-6393 to reserve a spot.
* "Native American Spirituality and Wellness" will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the International Centre. Joe McGillis is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, and director of the Native American Resource Center in Trenton, N.D., where he runs the alcohol and drug treatment program, mental health program and youth program. McGillis will share aspects of spirituality present in the American Indian culture and explain the significance of traditional ceremonies.
Friday, April 20
* "McNair Research Forum" will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Memorial Union Loading Dock. For more information and a schedule of McNair student research papers being presented, contact Patrice Giese, McNair Program, 777-4931 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
* "Your Journey to Health and Wellness" will be held from 11 to 11:50 a.m. at the Student Wellness Center. Join Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills and discover the spirit of an Olympian through a journey of perseverance and hard work. Learn how this man of meager means grew to become an athlete of global fame through an unexpected win in the 10,000 meter run in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Mills was born on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. The discipline and focus he learned in the Marines changed the course of his life. Mills qualified for two events in the 1964 Olympic Games: the 10,000 meters and the marathon. He overcame odds when he won his Gold Medal and set the American and Olympic record in the 10,000 meter run.
* "Walk or Run with Olympian Billy Mills" will be held from noon to 1 p.m. and will begin at the Student Wellness Center. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Hyslop Sport Center. Get physical and participate in a 3K walk/run with the 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills. Anyone walking or running in this event will receive a prize at the finish line. Co-sponsored with UND cross country and track teams, and Student Wellness Center.
* "Wacipi" grand entry begins at 7 p.m. at the Hyslop Sports Center Arena. Join UNDIA and the UND community in welcoming world champion powwow dancers and drums to celebrate this year's event, which will honor American Indian veterans. Dancer and drum registration begins at 5 p.m.
Powwow fee: $5 per day; $8 weekend pass; free for children 5 and under, adults 55 and older, and UND students with a current UND student ID.
Saturday, April 21
Wacipi will continue at the Hyslop Sports Center, with grand entries at 1 and 7 p.m. Dancer and drum registration closes at 2 p.m. A community feast featuring a traditional meal will be served at 5:30 p.m. This is the first major spring contest powwow in the state. The public is invited to join in the annual celebration as singers and dancers compete for prizes. Volunteers will be available for assistance and to answer questions. Copies of "The Guide to Understanding the Powwow as a Celebration of Life" will be available.
The UNDIA Time-Out Week "5-on-5 Men's Basketball Tournament" will be held at the Hyslop Multi-purpose Room Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22. There are eight team slots and the entry fee is $300 for each team. For more information, contact Joseph LaFountain at (701)477-4045 or e-mail email@example.com.
Sunday, April 22
This is the third and final day of the Wacipi at the Hyslop Sports Center. A grand entry is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The "5-on-5 Basketball Tournament" will conclude today.