Native POP: People of the Plains – A Gathering of Arts and Culture is a one-day, juried Native American fine art market featuring original work by established and emerging Native visual artists focusing on Great Plains culture. This is the sixth year for the free and family-friendly annual event that will take place on Saturday, July 21 from 9am-8pm at Main Street Square. The art market runs 9am-6pm and the concert follows immediately after from 6pm-8pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to buy artwork directly from the artists.
Native POP is also a cultural celebration with performances, demonstrations, culture bearers, Native fashion show, Native Film Showcase and evening concert. Culture bearers are individuals who carry ancestral knowledge and pass on the traditions and lifeways of their people. In recent years Native POP culture bearers have included traditional games and lacrosse, regalia making, fashion design, bow and arrow making, quillwork, and beadwork. The Native POP performance stage often features Native flute, pow-wow drum, folk, blues, hip-hop, alt-rock and spoken word. This marks the third year for Native POP’s annual fashion show and a Native film showcase. Native POP partners with Vision Maker Media, who is curating the film selections for the film showcase, and South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) will host at the SDPB Black Hills Studio, 415 Main Street. The showcase, which runs at the same time as the art market, will include documentaries of regional interest, as well as an opportunity for local filmmakers to show music videos, short films and works in progress. Native POP closes the event with a free concert at Main Street Square featuring Gunner Jules and Scatter their Own.
This celebration of Native art and culture brings together the communities of Rapid City and the surrounding areas along with the artists, performers and families from the regional tribal nations of the Great Plains. This is event highlights the range and diversity of Native art and cultural expression while encouraging dialogue and sharing across cultures.