|Time-Out Week, Wacipi events continue|
Make plans to attend events during the Indian Association (UNDIA) 38th Annual Time-Out Week and Wacipi. All Time-Out Week events are free of charge due to the generous donations of many UND and community organizations. Time-Out Week and the Wacipi are not just for Native people, they are events for all people.
The schedule follows:
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 and the Division of Research.
* "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. This session will focus on the 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 UND 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.
* 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. 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
The powwow continues 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" also concludes on Sunday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time-Out Week and Wacipi information is available on the UNDIA web site at: www.und.nodak.edu/org/undia.