Many Faces · Many Students Wacipi

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Many Faces Many Students Wacipi!  We are overwhelmed with gratitude for everyone who shared their time with us.

May 6, 2023

Grounds open: 11:00 a.m.

Grand Entry: 1:00 p.m.


Sunrise Park Middle School **Please note this is an updated location**

2399 Cedar Avenue

White Bear Lake, MN 5511


Everyone is invited! Celebrate community, Native American culture and honor local American Indian students at a traditional powwow.

The Wacipi (Powwow) will honor American Indian students in the school districts of Mahtomedi, White Bear Lake, North St. Paul/Maplewood/Oakdale, Stillwater and surrounding communities, particularly those who will be graduating in 2023, and will provide the larger community the opportunity to participate in this traditional cultural event that is a significant part of the rich heritage of our Native American neighbors.

The event will feature traditional Native American drum groups and dancing as well as Native American vendors, artists and learning stations.  Food trucks will be on site with food and beverage available for purchase.

Community members are encouraged to attend, whether they have experienced a wacipi/powwow before or not.

Want to attend, but  not sure what to expect?  We get it!  White Bear Area Historical Society will host an information session, “What is a Powwow” on Monday, April 24th at Ramsey County Library – White Bear Lake from 6pm – 7:30pm.

Check back for more details, we will continue to update this page as details are finalized.


Arena Director

Norman Benson


Shawnee Hunt

Host Drum

Hoka Hey

Invited Drum

Sugarbush Drum Group

Twin Cities Color Guard

Educational Booths | Native American Artisans & Vendors | Food Trucks



Community events

Everyone is invited to attend the Wacipi on May 6, 2023 and join White Bear Area Historical Society’s on April 24, 2026 for  “What is a Powwow?” to learn more about the tradition, protocols and opportunities for experiencing a powwow today.

This work is funded in part by the Minnesota Humanities Center with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.