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Dallas Chief Eagle and Jasmine Pickner

Two first place World Hoop Dance Champions have joined together to model and dance a vision of male and female balance, harmony and respect as traditionally practiced by their ancestors. Dallas Chief Eagle, Rosebud Sioux tribal member, and Jasmine Pickner of the Crow Creek Sioux tribe are both world-traveled hoop dancers. This program is sponsored by the South Dakota Arts Council.

Dallas Chief Eagle is a member of the Rosebud Lakota (Sioux) Nation and master of the hoop dance. For Dallas, the hoop dance is more than a dance; it is a way of keeping Lakota traditions alive. The ancient and honorable tradition of the hoop dance explains the Plains Indian world view as the hoops intersect and grow into ever more complex shapes, always and forever returning to the beginning. His 27 hoops represent the different colors and sizes of trees, which, to Dallas, also represent the diversity of life.

Jasmine Pickner, a member of the Crow Creek Lakota tribe, was encouraged to dance from an early age by her grandmother, Theresa Red Bear. Red Bear brought her family to Mitchell's Corn Palace during the 1950s and 60s to perform. At about age 7, Pickner began hoop dancing, and she has become a leading proponent of the form. She is a member of the reigning world champion hoop dancing team and the adopted daughter of Dallas Chief Eagle. Pickner credits the dancers she saw growing up with enhancing her interest in dancing, as well as the family tradition.

Folk Music Duo Jami Lynn & Dylan James

Black Hills duo Jami Lynn & Dylan James met on the street in the summer of 2012. Their fortuitous meeting not only revealed their shared love of folk, bluegrass, and jazz, but marked the beginning of an ambitious duo project harnessing Jami's powerful vocals and Dylan's first rate flat-picking skills. After a few weeks of working up material, their hearts were set on a full length album featuring songs written by each. Lynn's vocal prowess, delicate finger picking, and West Virginia style claw-hammer banjo blend seamlessly with James's ringing tenor, driving guitar, and old-time fiddling. Their diverse instrumentation as well as their unique arrangements of traditional American folk songs and jazz numbers sets them on the edge of each genre.  Both are native South Dakotans and are currently based out of Rapid City, SD. This program is sponsored in part by the South Dakota Arts Council.

Richard "Blackhawk" Kapusta

Back by popular demand, Richard is a singer, musician, storyteller and rendezvous trader. His songs are inspired by personal experiences, but resonate with his audiences. Richards states, "I have sold over 50,000 recordings and I'm just being me. I love my life and what I am doing. Anytime I get to play for folks, whether it's ten or thousands, I am honored they would take time out of their life to share their energy with me."

Blackhawk's recordings reflect his life's journey - the happy, the sad, his spirit, his soul. His repertoire of albums include solo flute music; country, folk, and bluegrass with a full band; and original recordings inspired by his spiritual journey and respect for the outdoors.

The String Man -- Paul Imholte

Paul can play almost any stringed instrument imaginable, from the Dulcimer to the Banjo. Paul will be touring the grounds throughout Festival, bringing his music to all festival goers.

Period Dance Instruction

North end of the South Barracks - If the Milita Costume Ball is interesting, but two left feet are a problem, then dance instruction may be the answer. Kevin and Paula Fox will teach two sessions of authentic mid -1800s dance steps.

Grand March and Military Costume Ball

Parade Ground and South Barracks - Participants are asked to dress in costume such as pioneer attire, buckskin, ball gowns or military uniforms. Non-costumed visitors will be able to watch the Grand March as it takes place on the Parade Grounds.


8:30-9 p.m. Grand March
9-11:30 p.m. Costume Ball