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16th Annual Great Dakota Gathering and Wacipi joining in celebration of the 60th Birthday of Winona LaDuke in Winona MN


  • Unity Lake Park 860 Parks Avenue Winona, MN, 55987 United States (map)

Great Dakota Gathering and Wacipi 2019

Join us for the 16th Annual Great Dakota Gathering on August 23-25, 2019 at Unity Park at the East end of Lake Winona in Winona, Minnesota. The Great Dakota Gathering is an annual event for families of indigenous and local populations and around the region. This year, we join in celebration of the 60th Birthday of Winona LaDuke, who will be celebrating in Winona during this weekend, as well. A special social/jingle dress dance will occur on Sunday morning.

Since its beginning, the Winona Dakota Unity Alliance (WDUA) has been involved in a number of initiatives to facilitate friendships by promoting education and reconciliation. Join us for this annual event for families of indigenous and local populations and around the region.

Great Dakota Gathering

The Winona Dakota Unity Alliance’s (WDUA) Great Dakota Gathering is unlike any other Powwow around. Enlightening, energizing, invigorating, and powerfully moving, the Great Dakota Gathering invites Native American families and descendants of settlers together to explore Native American culture, celebrate friendships, have fun together, nurture reconciliation, and enjoy the meaningful and energizing tradition of dancing. The event includes a Grand Entry Dance by talented Native American dancers, a learning tent where youngsters can explore Native American culture, games and activities for kids to have fun together and build friendships, a unity feast, Sunrise and other ceremonies, and a talk circle in which a focus for the day is introduced along with historical background and participants are invited to join in honest heartfelt discussion.

Camping
* Free Camping on site.
* No RV hook-ups.
Free Tent Camping only (No hookups) at Unity Park, RV and Travel Trailer Camping available at Prairie Island Campground. Contact them for reservation and rates: 507-452-4501 Hotel & Motel Accommodations in Winona include River Port Inn, Plaza Hotel, Holiday Inn Express, and Super 8 call for reservation and room rates.

Prizes: will be awarded for dance Specials.

Location
Unity Park
(located at east end of Lake Park)
860 Parks Avenue
Winona, MN 55987
507-429-7368

For More Information: Call (507) 494-8849

Email info@winonadakotaunityalliance.org

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23rd

Arrival and Overnight Camping

5:30 pm                Welcome Dinner

7:30 pm                Welcome Fire

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24th

6:30 am                Sunrise Ceremony

8:00 am                Breakfast

9:00 am                Flag Raising – Gordon Weston Lodge Honor Guard

10:00 am              Talk Circle

Noon                     Lunch

1:00 pm                Grand Entry

2:00 pm                Learning Tent 

5:30 pm                Unity Feast – Community Potluck

7:30 pm                Sacred Fire and Storytelling 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25th

6:30 am                Sunrise Ceremony

8:00 am                Breakfast

9:00 am                Spiritual Service

10:00 am              Friendship Round Dance

11:00 am    Jingle Dress Dance: (part of Winona All-Call celebration hosted by Winona LaDuke and Honor the Earth)

ONGOING           

Native Vendors (food, crafts, and other wares)