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Native POP arts festival celebrates indigenous fashion, music, storytelling

 Lafawn Janis, executive director of Native POP, at the SDPB Black Hills Studio in Rapid City.
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Lafawn Janis, executive director of Native POP, at the SDPB Black Hills Studio in Rapid City.

This interview posted above is from SDPB's daily public-affairs show, In the Moment, hosted by Lori Walsh.

Native POP (People of the Plains) returns to Rapid City this week with a multi-day celebration of indigenous art.

The event showcases native artists, fashion, music, and storytelling. Fashion designers over the years have come from 40 or 50 tribal regions throughout the Great Plains. This year, some visionaries are coming from as far away as New York to compete for prizes and recognition.

While a fashion show is a major centerpiece of the event, there is also a powwow, poetry, and a horse nation presentation. Executive Director Lafawn Janis stops by SDPB's Black Hills Surgical Center Studio in Rapid City with a preview.

Native Pop Runs July 8-10 in Rapid City. You can find a full schedule online at Nativepop.org

Carl Norquist is a producer and writer for In the Moment. An EMMY-winning producer, Carl previously worked for KTIV News 4 in Sioux City, IA. Carl is a Minnesota native and graduate of Augustana University with majors in Art and English.
Lori Walsh is the host and senior producer of In the Moment.