Native American Culture

Called “Paha Sapa” the Black Hills are home to many tribes, consisting primarily of the Lakota and Dakota nations. However, nearly two dozen other Native American Tribes claim the Black Hills as ancestral and sacred.The word “Dakota” is a Native American word meaning “friendly” or “allied.” As a result, the area is especially rich in culture. Some of the more popular activities staged by tribes are powwows, or “wacipi,” which are usually open to visitors. The Black Hills Powwow, or “He Sapa Wacipi,” is held in Rapid City and is open to all tribes and non-Native Americans. Learning the culture and history of local Native Americans gives visitors a complete picture of the region and adds depth to any vacation.