Call for Culture Bearers & Performers

Published March 19, 2017

 RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA – Native POP: People of the Plains is now accepting applications for culture bearers and performers for the fifth annual Native Art Market and Cultural Celebration.

Application is available online at and the deadline for applications is April 14. This year Native POP is on Saturday, July 15 at Main Street Square in downtown Rapid City, South Dakota. Native POP is a juried Native American fine art market that also features performances throughout the day, a fashion show and a Native film showcase. This celebration of Native American art and culture is family-friendly, free and open to the public.

Culture bearers are individuals who pass on the traditions and lifeways of their people, or who carry ancestral knowledge and lifeways of generations before them. The purpose of the culture bearer is to share and demonstrate their cultural knowledge and artistry with Native POP visitors throughout the day. In recent years Native POP culture bearers have included traditional games and lacrosse, regalia making, fashion design, bow and arrow making, quillwork, and beadwork. Culture bearers selected for Native POP will be awarded a $500 stipend for their participation between 9am – 6pm at Native POP. The culture bearers primary focus and purpose is educational and the selection process is different from the Native POP juried art show, because of this educational focus, sales are not permitted in the culture bearer area.

Native POP is open to all types of performance art. The goal is to 1) share the broad spectrum of current Native performance trends and 2) highlight the diversity of creative expression of Native performers. Native POP has included Native flute, pow-wow drum, folk, blues, hip-hop, alt-rock and spoken word as previous performances. Native POP will showcase selected performances between 6 – 8pm.

In accordance with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, participation in the Native POP art show is only open to enrolled members of federally recognized tribes, with preference given to artists from Great Plains Tribes.

Applicants are encouraged to read the full application information and Statement of Agreement and Understanding before applying.

If you have any problems with the online form you can download the paper application and mail it to Native POP – Attn: Pepper Massey, 713 7th Street, Rapid City, SD 57701.

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