Written by John Plestina
The most traditional of the pow-wows along the Hi-Line, the annual Wadopana Celebration will be held July 31 through Aug. 3, at the Wadopana grounds in Wolf Point, just east of the Sherman Inn, off Rodeo Road.
Held the first weekend of August for many years, Wadopana is a time for people to dance and enjoy a time-honored celebration.
Wadopana opens Thursday, July 31, with a community feed at 5:30 p.m., followed by a youth pow- wow at 7 p.m.
Sandra Lilley, an organizer of Wadopana, said the feed usually serves over 300 people.
The celebration opens again Friday, Aug. 1, with grand entry 7 p.m. A candlelight vigil is planned for Friday night.
A fun run/walk is planned for 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, at the arbor. Games for children will follow from 9 to 11 a.m. Two grand entries are planned for Saturday, at 1 and 7 p.m.
The celebration opens Sunday, Aug. 3, at 1 p.m. for the final day.
Families may request honorings.
A recent fire destroyed the announcers' booth. It has been rebuilt and was nearly completed last week. Lilley said it would be ready for the opening, Thursday, July 31.
“It’s not the first time that it’s happened. We’re working as fast as we can to get it ready. We have a good committee that supports us,” she said.