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Festival Showcases Great Plains Native Artists


Third Annual Gathering of People, Wind and Water returns to Main Street Square

Rapid City, SD - Browse and buy work by 50 of the region’s best Native artists and enjoy a full day of free entertainment and kids’ activities at Main Street Square on Sat., July 18, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“The Gathering is an unbelievably fun, inclusive celebration that’s truly innovative because it celebrates, showcases and teaches about both traditional and contemporary Great Plains Native culture,” said artist Wade Patton, a member of the all-volunteer organizing committee behind the event.  

The Gathering features Great Plains Native artists from 11 states and 18 Tribes. The art market includes regional favorites such as Donald F. Montileaux, Linda Szabo, Roger Broer, Del Iron Cloud, Gerald Yellowhawk, and last year’s grand prize winner, Angela Babby, as well as up-and-coming emerging artists.

The free event also features a full schedule of Native performances and demonstrations by culture bearers all day on the Main Street Square stage. The art market closes at 6 p.m. for an evening concert featuring local favorites Scatter Their Own and Frank Waln.

Waln (Sincango Lakota) is an award-winning Hip Hop artist whose music expresses the belief that all people deserve to be happy, healthy and respected. Scatter Their Own, led by the married duo Scotti Clifford and Juliana Brown Eyes-Clifford, lyrically pays tribute to their Lakota culture while fusing Alternative Rock and Blues into what they call Alter-Native Rock and Roll.

The complete list of artists and performance schedule can be found at

The Journey Museum & Learning Center hosts an artists’ awards reception on Friday, July 17, 5-8 p.m. With over $16,000 in prizes, the reception offers a sneak peek at the artists’ best work. Tickets are $15 at the door, 16 and under free.

The Gathering is organized by a volunteer committee of arts and community leaders and grew out of The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water. The event is coordinated by Arts Rapid City.

Supporters include Destination Rapid City, the Journey Museum & Learning Center, Alternative Fuel, Allied Arts Fund, John T. Vucurevich Foundation, Perfect Hanging Gallery, Prairie Edge, Arts Rapid City and the South Dakota Arts Council. To help support the event, contact Anna Huntington at 716-7979 or

For more information, please visit or contact Jessica Miller at 605-716-7979,


A Gathering of People, Wind and Water, a Native art market and cultural celebration, is a free annual event in the heart of downtown Rapid City, South Dakota the third weekend of July at Main Street Square. The Gathering’s mission is to share cultures from the tribes of the Great Plains and further intercultural dialogue by organizing a successful Native art and cultural event in Rapid City, South Dakota.


Jessica Miller
Arts Rapid City
Phone: 605-716-7979