RAPID CITY | Thirty-nine artists will be on hand for the second annual celebration of Great Plains Native art and culture at Main Street Square here on Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
A Gathering of People, Wind and Water is a Native art market and cultural celebration showcasing the work of established and emerging Great Plains Native artists, including Don Montileaux, Angela Babby, Roger Broer, and last year’s best of show winner, Denton Fast Whirlwind.
Festival goers can enjoy a full schedule of performances on the Main Street Square stage, including Ulali, Kevin Locke and Frank Waln. Tribal members will demonstrate traditional crafts such as regalia making and bow and arrow making.
The Journey Museum will host an opening reception and awards presentation Friday, July 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., where over $15,000 will be awarded. Tickets are $10 at the door, cash or check only, 16 and under free.
“The Gathering adds an intercultural social event to one of the Black Hills’ busiest public spaces,” says Peter Strong, of First People’s Fund and organizing committee chair for the Gathering.
Lakota artist Sandy Swallow led the creation of the first Gathering last year, inspired by The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water artist Masayuki Nagase’s themes of balance and transformation.
Event sponsors include the Journey Museum, Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries, and Main Street Square. Support is also provided by the South Dakota Arts Council.