The 23rd annual Prairie Awakening-Prairie Awoke Celebration (PAPAC), sponsored by the Dallas County Conservation Department, will be held Saturday, Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kuehn Conservation Area three miles southeast of Redfield.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “The Healing Continues,” and a Jingle Dress Dance and presentation will be shared along with a Hoop Dance and presentation by longtime PAPAC presenter and friend Dallas Chief Eagle.
The Brown Otter Drum from the Meskwaki Settlement will provide the music for these presentations and will offer up traditional songs of healing. Tagged monarch butterflies and a healed and rehabilitated red-tailed hawk will be released into the wild skies at Kuehn.
Omaha-Winnebago Elder Irma Wilson White will share the tradition of Prayer Ties, with lead the audience making and taking home their own healing Prayer Ties.
Anti-virus face masks will be required for all PAPAC attendees in the arena in order to honor the requests of the Native presenters and to ensure the health and safety of all participants.
A food truck will be available on-site. Please bring lawn chairs as limited seating is provided in the arena.