Vermillion's Lewis & Clark Weekend is Aug. 23-25 The 2002 Vermillion Lewis & Clark Weekend Aug. 23-25 offers a variety of Native American and Lewis & Clark activities to appeal to all ages.
Featured events are a wacipi (powwow), Native American tipi village, workshops on Native American culture, the first annual Lewis & Clark Keel Boat Race, Lewis & Clark re-enactors, Missouri River paddle trips, and a hike to Spirit Mound.
Friday, Aug. 23
10-11:30 a.m. � Native American Tipi Raising Ceremony East of DakotaDome A Native American tipi village will be set up east of the DakotaDome. A circle of seven beautifully painted tipis will encircle a dance area. The seven tipis are symbolic of the seven council fires of the Great Sioux Nation. School children, media, and the general public are invited to watch the tipi raising ceremony.
7-9 p.m. � Keel Boat Race and Builders Reception at Washington Street Arts Center
At the Washington Street Arts Center, 202 Washington St., Keel Boat Judging and Builders Reception will take place. The model keel boats will be made by children and adults for the first annual Lewis & Clark Keel Boat Race on the Vermillion River on Saturday. Builders should bring their finished boats by 5 p.m. to the Arts Center. Prize money will be awarded for the Most Creative and Most Historically Accurate. Refreshments will be served. The reception is sponsored by the Vermillion Area Arts Council.
Saturday, Aug. 24
Powwow Grounds Admission, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., adults $4, children $1.
Spirit Mound Bus Tour (1 hr.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $5.
Missouri River Paddle Trips (3 hrs.), 9 a.m.-2 p.m., adults $40, under 10 $10, with own kayak or canoe $20.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. � Native American Artisans at W.H. Over Museum
The W.H. Over Museum will feature Native American artisans who will demonstrate and sell their arts and crafts.
9 a.m.-1 p.m. � Keel Boat Models Display at W.H. Over Museum
The W.H. Over Museum will have a display of the model keel boats before the afternoon race.
9 a.m.-noon � Paddle Trip on Missouri National Recreational River (Maximum 25)
Six-mile paddle trip in kayak or canoe from Highline Landing to Clay County Park past the shifting banks and sandbars of the Missouri River. Shuttle bus will pick up and return to powwow grounds. Adults $40, under 10 $10, with own kayak or canoe $20.
9:30-11 a.m. � Songs That Lewis & Clark Might Have Sung at W.H. Over Museum
Singer/songwriter Mary Green Vickrey will offer a historical program of American music popular in 1803.
11 a.m.-2 p.m. � Native American Contemporary Foods
Food vendors will feature Buffalo Stew, Buffalo Burgers, Barbequed Buffalo Sandwiches, and Indian Tacos.
10 a.m.-1 p.m. � Native American Workshops at Native American Tipi Village
Workshops on Native American culture will be offered at each of the seven tipis in the Native American tipi village. Topics will include: storytelling, beadwork, singing, dancing, and the roles of women and men in the culture of the Great Sioux Nation. Children's hands-on activities include building tipi models and learning to set-up a 7' tipi. USD will have display boards to promote various USD programs.
10 a.m.-10 p.m. � Lewis & Clark Re-enactors west of W.H. Over Museum
A small encampment of re-enactors in authentic clothing will give visitors a glimpse of a Lewis & Clark camp.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. � Free "See Vermillion Bus"
A bus will depart from the powwow grounds for other attractions in Vermillion � America's National Music Museum, Main Street Stores, Austin-
Whittemore House Museum, and Cotton Park.
1:30-4 p.m. � Prairie Interpretation at Cotton Park
Interpreters will present programs on the prairie restoration at Cotton Park.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. � Guided Bus Tours to Spirit Mound Historic Prairie from Powwow Grounds (charge $5)
Bus tours with guides will make the trip to Spirit Mound Historic Prairie.
1-5 p.m. � Wacipi Afternoon Session at Native American Tipi Village
Grand entry is at 1 p.m. in the dance circle in the middle of the Native American tipi village. The MCs and arena directors are Dr. Wayne Evans, Jerome Kills Small, and Melvin Young Bear. A program and the morning workshops on singing and dancing will help the first-time powwow visitor appreciate the rich culture of the Great Sioux Nation.
2-5 p.m. � Paddle Trip on the Missouri National Recreational River Repeated
2:30-3:30 p.m. � First annual Keel Boat Race at Cotton Park
Model Keel boats will be floated down the Vermillion River. Prize money will be awarded for the fastest boats. This event is sponsored by the W.H. Over Museum.
5-7 p.m. � Native American Workshops Repeated
5-8 p.m. � Native American Contemporary Foods
Food vendors will feature Buffalo Stew, Buffalo Burgers, Barbequed Buffalo Sandwiches, and indian Tacos.
5-6:30 p.m. � Meal for Native American Dancers and Families
7-10 p.m. � Wacipi Evening Session
Grand entry is at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 25
8 a.m.-2 p.m. � Hike to Spirit Mound Begins at Cotton Park (charge $20)
The hike retraces the probable route that Lewis & Clark,
nine men, and Seamen, Lewis's dog followed.
Beginning with continental breakfast, the hikers will enjoy a leisurely seven- mile walk. A printed hike guide and lunch will be provided. The hikers will arrive at Spirit Mound at approximately the same time of day as Lewis & Clark.
1-2 p.m. � Guided Bus Tours to Spirit Mound from DakotaDome Parking Lot (charge $5)
Bus tours with guides will make the trip to Spirit Mound in time to arrive with the hikers.
The 2002 Vermillion Lewis & Clark Weekend events are co-sponsored by the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce and The University of South Dakota. For additional information, contact the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce, 906 E. Cherry St., Vermillion, SD 57069, 624-5571 or (800) 809-2071.