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<b class='callout'></b> 'Wacipi' is Dakota for 'the dance' or pow-wow, a Native American cultural celebration where generations gather to sing, dance and socialize. <b class='callout'></b> The Wacipi usually begins with a blessing of the Arena, which is considered sacred ground and a Grand Entry with veterans carrying Eagle Feather Staff and national, state, tribal and veteran's flags. <b class='callout'></b> Each dancer at a Wacipi creates her own regalia through many hours of hard work with each component having historical, spiritual and personal significance. <b class='callout'></b> A prayer is said once all the dancers have entered the circle to prepare them and the ground for this sacred celebration. <b class='callout'></b> Fancy Shawl Dancers are women and girls who wear colorful, elaborate regalia with calf-length skirts and beaded or sequined capes and fringed shawls. <b class='callout'></b> Fancy Shawl Dancers have a long fringed shawl which is worn over the shoulders and held out at the elbows while twirling. <b class='callout'></b> Fancy Shawl Dancer's movement includes fine footwork and fast spins, meant to mimic a joyful butterfly. <b class='callout'></b> Female Traditional Dancers wear buckskin or cloth ankle-length dresses sometimes decorated with elk teeth or dentalium shells. <b class='callout'></b> Female Traditional Dancers' movements are dignified and graceful, characterized by the swaying of fringe. <b class='callout'></b> Jingle Dress Dancers are females who wear cloth dresses with tin cones sewn on them creating the jingle sound when dancing. <b class='callout'></b> Jingle Dance Dancers line up for judging of their dance movement which includes a straight posture, up and down motion, and hopping or rocking with feet in a shuffle. <b class='callout'></b> Fancy Teather dancing is performed by men and boys and the regalia is usually bright and colorful, including a head roach. <b class='callout'></b> A point system is used for the dances at a Wacipi and the dancers line up before the judges at the completion of each dance.