Mankato in Blue Earth County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The First Mahkato Memorial Wacipi
This memorial is to honor those Dakota who created the First Mahkato Wacipi in 1972.
The Wacipi is to remember the thirty-eight Dakota executed in Mankato in 1862 and to create a spirit of reconciliation between the people of Mankato and the Dakota people.
The following Dakota people with members of the Mankato YMCA planned the first Wacipi:
Amos & Ione Owen • Wallace & Gertrude Wells, Sr. • David Larsen, Sr. • Norman & Edith Crooks • Amos & Rosemma Crooks • Hereditary Chief Ernest & Vernell Wabasha.
Co-founders: Bud Lawrence and Jim Buckley, Sr.
“I’d like to share that with the rest of the world. Maybe we can come upon something where we can all live as brothers.” —Amos Owen
Location. 44° 9.663′ N, 94° 2.433′ W. Marker is in Mankato, Minnesota, in Blue Earth County. Marker can be reached from Amos Owen Lane north of South Riverfront Drive (U.S. 169). It is in the Mahkato Land of Memories Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mankato MN 56001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other Ott Cabin (approx. ¼ mile away); Geology of Minnesota (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sibley Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sibley Park World War I (approx. half a mile away); Ho-Chunk / Winnebago (approx. 1½ miles away); Lincoln Park (approx. 1.7 miles away); Civil War Monument (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Lorin & Lulu Cray Home (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mankato.
Regarding The First Mahkato Memorial Wacipi. Land of Memories park is located south of Mankato, Minnesota. on West Sibley Park Rd. off of Hwy 169. This land has been designated by the Blue Earth County officials as a permanent land area for the annual Mdewakanton Dakota Memorial Wacipi (Pow Wow) in memory of the 38 Dakota warriors who were executed on December 26, 1862 in the largest mass execution in US history in Mankato.
Beginning in 1972, every September, Native Americans from a number of tribes gather in Mankatos Land of Memories Park, where the Dakota people held many ceremonies and gatherings before the 1862 U.S./Dakota warriors who were executed in Mankato in 1862. The traditional memorial Pow-Wow, has been held in Mankato since 1972. It always takes place over the third weekend of September.
Also see . . .
The Dakota Conflict Remembered. Unpublished paper by Sheryl L. Dowlin, Ph.D., and Bruce Dowlin, B.A., prepared for the 35th Annual Northern Great Plains History Conference September 28-30, 2000, Mankato, MN. “Despite concern on the eve of the pow wow that there wouldn’t be any dancers, the pow wow attracted 1,500-2,000 Native Americans, most of them curious about the fact that the city of Mankato was actually hosting such an event! The most dramatic and significant memory of this first pow wow was the sight of bald eagles circling above the baseball field at the time of the Grand Entry, the event preceding the dancing. Some observers said there were 38 eagles. This stunning event solidified the understanding that Mankato events would be in commemoration of the 38 executed Dakota.” (Submitted on December 7, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.)
2. Mdewakanton Association Purpose and History. “One of the primary cosponsored and co-organized events has been the Mahkato pow-wow or Wacipi (Wa-CHEE-pee meaning ‘dance’ in Dakota). Having a cultural event like this in Mankato is unique for two reasons. First, there are no reservations near Mankato. Secondly, the creation of this annual Wacipi grew out of a friendship, in the late 1950s, between two men, Mr. Amos Owen, a Dakota (Submitted on December 7, 2008.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2008, by Sheryl and Bruce Dowlin of Boise, Idaho. This page has been viewed 2,797 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on March 31, 2009, by Larry feldman of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 16, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 4, 5. submitted on December 7, 2008, by Sheryl and Bruce Dowlin of Boise, Idaho. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on December 8, 2008, by Sheryl and Bruce Dowlin of Boise, Idaho. 13. submitted on August 16, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.