Cheyenne River Youth Project Launches Waniyetu Wowpa (Winter Count) Performing Art Series

Supaman performing live in 2016.

Published April 10, 2018

Family-friendly events will include Midnight Basketball, a handgame tournament, a youth wacipi, and a series of popular films and live performances in CRYP’s public art park.

EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA — The Cheyenne River Youth Project has announced that it officially launched its Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Performing Art Series on Saturday, Apr. 7 and will host regularly scheduled events through the end of May. The family-friendly series, made possible with funding from NEA Art Works, will incorporate popular films, live performances, a youth wacipi and a handgame tournament in the nonprofit youth organization’s public Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park, as well as Midnight Basketball in the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) gymnasium.

This past Saturday, 42 young people enjoyed the “Jumanji” reboot, as well as a DJ performance from Let it Bee and lively kickoff edition of spring Midnight Basketball, both of which ran until 1 a.m. Due to inclement weather, all events were held inside Cokata Wiconi.

According to Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director, the Waniyetu Wowapi Performing Art Series helps fulfill a vision she and her staff first developed more than 10 years ago.

Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park, open free to the public.

“Our first years really focused on The Main, our youth center for 4- to 12-year-olds,” she explained. “In 2006, however, we were able to start providing teen programming and special community events at Cokata Wiconi; nine years after that, we unveiled the art park with our first RedCan invitational graffiti jam.

“Together, Cokata Wiconi and the art park have become meaningful gathering places for community members of all ages,” she continued. “The performing art series offers even more opportunities for us to celebrate our Lakota culture, make memories, and lift each other up.”

Upcoming events in the 2018 Waniyetu Wowapi Performing Art Series:

Wednesday, Apr. 11

Movie Night, 6-8 p.m.: Coco

Friday, Apr. 13

Kickin’ Free Live: 7-10 p.m.

Movie Night, 9-11 p.m.: Justice League

Midnight Basketball, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (Cokata Wiconi gymnasium)

Wednesday, Apr. 18

Movie Night, 6-8 p.m.: Thor Ragnorak

Karaoke Night with Ethel Morgan: 7-10 p.m.

Friday, Apr. 20

Movie Night, 9-11 p.m.: Justice League

Midnight Basketball, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (Cokata Wiconi gymnasium)

Wednesday, Apr. 25

Movie Night, 6-8 p.m.: Valerian and the City of 1000

Saturday, Apr. 28

Handgame Tournament in the Art Park, 3-9 p.m.

Movie Night, 9-11 p.m.: The Mummy

Midnight Basketball: 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Thursday, May 3

Head Start Wacipi, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Powwow event for preschool-age children includes drum groups and high school exhibition dancers.

Sunday, May 13

Mother’s Day Celebration, 12-3 p.m.

Special community day in the art park includes Mylo Smith performance and “Mothers’ Day Tribute” open mic event.

Wednesday, May 16

Movie Night, 6-8 p.m.: Kids’ Choice

Wednesday, May 23

Movie Night, 6-8 p.m.: Wonder Woman

Friday, May 25

Concert with Nataanii Means, Prolific, Gunner Krogman & Let It Bee, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.

Midnight Basketball Summer Kickoff, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Wednesday, May 30

Movie Night, 6-8 p.m.: Inside Out

To learn more about the Cheyenne River Youth Project and its programs, and for information about making donations and volunteering, call (605) 964-8200 or visit And, to stay up to date on the latest CRYP news and events, follow the youth project on Facebook (/LakotaYouth), Twitter (@LakotaYouth) and Instagram (@waniyetuwowapi).

Cultural exhibition in 2017.

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