Native Americans' Day Celebration at Wind Cave | Black Hills & Badlands Events

Native Americans' Day Celebration at Wind Cave

  • Native Americans' Day Celebration at Wind Cave
Event Date: 
Monday, October 10, 2022 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
(605) 745-1130

Activities begin at 10 AM with a welcome from Superintendent Leigh Welling, followed by remarks from Dorothy FireCloud, Native American Affairs Liaison for the National Park Service.

At 10:30 AM, artist Kelly Looking Horse will present his upcoming sculpture, “Cȟaŋgléška-Wakȟaŋ” or “Sacred Hoop,” which will be installed inside the visitor center and reach over 20 feet high upon completion. At 11 AM, storyteller Darrell Red Cloud will present the cultural significance of Wind Cave.

At 1 PM, the park will host a Hoop Dance performance by Starr Chief Eagle, followed by a participatory demonstration allowing visitors to delve deeper into the dance through hands-on learning.

Throughout the day, vendor booths will be available allowing visitors to learn about Native American art on the northern plains and purchase art from local Native American artists. A food truck with Native American selections will also be available.

The Native Americans Day Celebration demonstrations are free and appropriate for all ages. Funding for this event is provided by the Black Hills Parks and Forests Association, a non-profit partner with Wind Cave National Park.

Cave tours will continue to run as regularly scheduled with the first tour leaving at 9 AM and the last tour going in at 3 PM.

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