Wačhípí kta Iglúwiŋyeyapi

Passion for Fashion

March 23, 2024

12pm – 6pm

Young women and two-spirited youth in grades 7 – 12 are encouraged to attend.

Young women looking through prom gowns hanging from racks

or send an in-kind gift!

(details below)

We’re excited to present this year’s theme: “Shine bright like your ancestors!”

CRYP’s long-running Passion for Fashion program is designed to help Cheyenne River’s teens prepare for the prom — while also developing positive self-esteem, building and strengthening their relationships, and celebrating who they are as Lakota people. The program’s Lakota name is Wačhípí kta Iglúwiŋyeyapi, which means “Youth Get Ready for the Dance.”

CRYP’s staff, donors, and volunteers are committed to giving our community’s young women and two-spirit youth the prom experiences that all American high-schoolers should be able to enjoy. But at its heart, Wačhípí kta Iglúwiŋyeyapi is about so much more than that. It’s about providing meaningful opportunities to learn from Lakota leaders and culture bearers, bond with family members and friends, and build new relationships. And, this inclusive event is about personal empowerment through positive body image, improved self-confidence, and deep connection with Lakota culture.

Teen girl showing her freshly manicured nails to another teen girl. Both are smiling and looking happy.

During the winter months, friends from all over the United States send new and gently used dresses and other formalwear, shoes, jewelry, hair accessories, makeup and bath sets to the CRYP campus for Wačhípí kta Iglúwiŋyeyapi in March. They also contribute funds and gift cards.

You can help!

We’re grateful for cash gifts or in-kind donations of:

  • New and gently used dresses and formalwear
  • Jewelry, shoes and accessories
  • New makeup, bath and grooming products
  • Gift cards

Please send in-kind donations to CRYP by March 22 to:

702 4th Street / P.O. Box 410
Eagle Butte, SD 57625

If you’d like to receive a receipt for tax purposes, please complete our in-kind donation form.

Young person proudly displaying a makeup kit
Young woman happily showing off a prom dress
CRYP staff and volunteers doing hair for Passion for Fashion participants
Group photo of young women and two-spirited youth dressed up for prom