Omaka Teca Wacipi
ST. FRANCIS, SD – Wacipi singers, dancers and fans from near and far traveled to the Rosebud Rez to welcome the New Year. The arrival of 2012 was marked with prayer, laughter, games, singing and dancing at Digmann Hall. Announcers were Jim Clairmont and Keith Horse Looking, Sr.
Korean Veteran Eugene Iron Shell, Sr. along with Vietnam Veterans Curtis Leonard and Garland Not Afraid led the Grand Entry of dancers into the Wacipi.
Many young princesses donned their beaded crowns to represent their respective organizations by participating in the grand entry and wacipi.
Royalty included Igniwin White (Miss Rosebud), Jazz Arcoren (Little Miss Rosebud), Natisha Wagner (Miss HeSapa), Marissa Bear Heels (Miss Pass Creek), Jakayla Hesse (Miss Milks Camp), Tessa Leader Charge (Little Miss Parmelee), Anika Whiting (Miss Lakota Omninciye BHSU), Katrina Smith (Miss Indian Day), Kylee Horse Looking (Little Miss Indian Day), Montoya Makes Room (Miss Parmelee), Lesleen Makes Room (Junior Miss Parmelee), Sweetgrass American Horse (Junior Miss Wild Horse Butte), Whisper American Horse (Junior Miss Omaka Teca) and Lavera Bad Wound (Miss Wild Horse Butte).
People who attended participated in several special contests, auctions and games which took place throughout the three day event. The Hinhansunwapa Oyanke (Owl Feather District) wacipi holds a lot of history. It is held annually to celebrate the coming of another year. The wacipi is known for being one of the longest running traditional events held as contemporary organizers are second, third and fourth generation family members of the original sponsors.
Several masked visitors, who tradistory tionally appear to bring new energy into another Gregorian calendar year, offered many crowd pleasing antics in the last hour of 2011. One of the visitors represents the outgoing old year and another represents the incoming new year. The old year is pushed out by the New Year at midnight to symbolically mark a new start filled with endless possibilities for change.
Sicangu Elder Mabel Blue Thunder and her family sponsored a meal on New Year’s Day. The Blue Thunder Tiospaye also honored a young family member by distributing boxes of fruit and other gifts to the wacipi guests. Mrs. Blue Thunder is 95 years old and one of the oldest living members of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate.
Many of the children received brown paper bags filled with fruit, candy and unshelled peanuts. Several families sponsored different contests. Cetan Luta Young Bear won the Grass Dance Special sponsored by Jason Fast Dog. Waylon Gaddie won the Men’s Traditional Dance Special sponsored by Ernie Running. Lindsey New Holy won the Jingle Dress contest and Carmen Clairmont won the Women’s Traditional contest.