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Dancing at Shakopee

By: Rita Walaszek | Objects/Works | August 21, 2018

This past weekend was the annual Shakopee Mdewakanton Community Wacipi (Pow Wow) in Prior Lake, Minnesota. The Dakota community has been hosting these events for many years. In June of 1971, Monroe Killy, a collector and photographer of Native American people and objects, visited the Shakopee Mdewakanton Community for one of their powwows. Killy photographed the event and was able to capture the festivities movement and color.

To see more of Killy’s photos of the event, visit Collections Online. To learn more about Monroe Killy visits to other Minnesota indigenous communities, visit the Collection Finding Aid.