Cheyenne River Youth Project

Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park

The Cheyenne River community chose the name for CRYP’s free, public art park, christening it “Waniyetu Wowapi.” Translated from Lakota, it means “Winter Count”—a year period, from snow to snow, written on something flat. The winter count is how the Lakota Nation traditionally recorded its history, so it was a fitting name for our 5-acre park.


Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park


Located adjacent to Cokata Wiconi, this free public space allows Cheyenne River’s young people, members of our community, and visitors from other places to express their own unique voices and life experiences in a positive, healthy way. Both traditional and contemporary arts are welcome in this safe outdoor space.

We believe the park benefits all those who create within its borders, but also those who choose to visit these ever-changing walls of art. To that end, we have built the Waniyetu Wowapi Art Walk, which winds through the park. Not only will community members and visitors of all ages enjoy wandering the maintained trail, they’ll be enjoy moments of rest and quiet contemplation on the art walk’s carefully placed benches.

Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park Gallery

EXPLORE WANIYETU WOWAPI LAKOTA YOUTH ARTS & CULTURE INSTITUTE


Classes and Workshops

The Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts and Culture Institute currently offers programming in fine art, graffiti and street art, and traditional Lakota arts. Our long-term vision includes music and movement, commercial arts, full internships/peer mentor program. Learn more about the Classes and Workshops offered.

Instructors

The Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts and Culture Institute instructors include both national and local/traditional artists. Learn more about the instructors.

Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park

The Cheyenne River community chose the name for CRYP’s free, public art park, christening it “Waniyetu Wowapi.” Translated from Lakota, it means “Winter Count”—a year period, from snow to snow, written on something flat. The winter count is how the Lakota Nation traditionally recorded its history, so it was a fitting name for our 5-acre park. Learn more about the Art Spaces.

RedCan Graffiti Jam

Graffiti jams were designed to introduce graffiti as an art form, bringing together people who exemplify the contemporary graffiti art movement and how it has evolved since its inception a half century ago. In the case of RedCan, not only are artists showcasing a global movement, its relevance and how to be part of it, they’re connecting the graffiti world with the indigenous one, allowing Lakota artists to infuse graffiti with their own culture, identities and stories. Learn more about the RedCan Graffiti Jam.

 

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702 4th Street

P.O. Box 410

Eagle Butte, SD 57625

Phone: 1-605-964-8200

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