(Jessie Conway, PhD, Nelson Institute, UW-Madison)
(The BMJ Opinion, August 2019)
Some highlights coming up:
Badger Talk: Wisconsin’s First Peoples. Come hear and learn what is known about the distribution of the first peoples in Wisconsin some 12,000 years ago. Sissy Schneider, PhD (archaeology professor and department chair in Anthropology and a faculty affiliate with American Indian Studies) will speak on Tuesday, November 12, 12:30-1:30 pm at the Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ. Learn more.
Beading Workshop: Loom. Join Wunk Sheek Native American Student Organization on Thursday, November 14, 6-8 pm for a workshop to learn how to bead loom style.
Native November Traditional Feast and Elder in Residence Welcome. Join Wunk Sheek on Sunday, November 17 from 6-8 pm in the Multicultural Student Center (in the Red Gym) for traditional food, community, and laughter as they kick-off Native November and welcoming their new Elder in Residence. Mary Louise Defender Wilson will be visiting campus as the Fall 2019 Elder-in-Residence.
Bee Bold: Promoting. A mini-lecture series about struggles and accomplishments. Monday, November 18 from 6-8 pm at the SAC. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“More than a Word” Documentary Screening. Learn about the use and issues around the derogatory term R*dskins by the Washington football team. Food and discussion will accompany the screening. Wednesday, November 20, Nancy Nicholas Hall (Room 2235, Collaborative Learning Hall), 6:30-8:30 pm. Learn more. Questions? Please call 608.262.3606 or email email@example.com.
Everyone’s Earth Lecture. Mary Louise Defender Wilson, the Fall 2019 Elder-in-Residence, will present a lecture on the power of storytelling and traditional ecological knowledge from 7-8 pm on Thursday, November 21 in Dejope Hall. Learn more.
American Indian Studies 2019 Colloquium Series. On Friday, November 22 from 12-1 pm in Ingraham Hall (room TBD), Susan Dominguez will give a lecture.
Comedy Show: Starring Tonia Jo Hall. Comedy is a long-running art form in Native communities. For this year’s Native November speaker Wunk Sheek will have internationally known Lakota/Hidatsa comedian and motivational speaker Tonia Jo Hall. Saturday, November 23 from 6-7 pm.
Wisconsin Public Television: Tribal Histories. All of these screenings will be held at Union South.
- Lac Du Flambeau Ojibwe History. Tuesday, November 12 at 12 pm. On the bank of Crawling Stone Lake, Ernie St. Germaine shares stories handed down by the Lac Du Flambeau Ojibwe. He tells of the migration from Madeline Island to their present location, describes how the original six clans were given to the people, remembers the volatile spear-fishing controversy, and explains the importance of passing on stories to future generations.
- Lac Courte Orielles Ojibwe History. Tuesday, November 12 at 12:30 pm. Recorded in the natural settings of the regions that native people have called home for centuries, the Tribal Histories series features tribal members sharing the challenges, triumphs, and time-honored traditions that have shaped their vibrant communities. In this program, educator and former tribal chairman Rick St. Germaine tells of the Ojibwe band’s history.
- Brothertown History. Thursday, November 14 at 12 pm. On the shore of Lake Winnebago, Joan Schadewald tells how the Brothertown Indians unknowingly gave up their tribal recognition status and have been working for 30 years to have it restored. An amalgamation of tribes that were forced from the East Coast to Wisconsin following the Revolutionary War, the Brothertown cling determinedly to their Indian heritage.
- St. Croix Ojibwe History. Thursday, November 14 at 12:30 pm. Recorded in the natural settings of the regions that native people have called home for centuries, the Tribal Histories series features tribal members sharing the challenges, triumphs, and time-honored traditions that have shaped their vibrant communities. In this program, Mitchell La Sarge and Wanda McFaggen tell stories of St. Croix Ojibwe history.
- Potawatomi History. Wednesday, November 20 at 12 pm. Along the banks of the Wolf River, tribal elder and preservationist David Grignon tells the oral tradition of the Menominee people. Grignon shares not only who the Menominee are, but why they’re in Wisconsin, and how he is striving to preserve their traditions.
- Oneida History. Wednesday, November 20 at 12:30 pm. From the flowing waters of Duck Creek, elder Randy Cornelius shares the oral tradition of the Oneida people, including their creation story, and explains how he has learned to navigate two worlds: the modern and the traditional.
- Mole Lake Ojibwe History. Thursday, November 21 at 12 pm. Recorded in the natural settings of the regions that native people have called home for centuries, the Tribal Histories series features tribal members sharing the challenges, triumphs, and time-honored traditions that have shaped their vibrant communities. In this documentary, Tribal elder Fred Ackley shares stories of the Mole Lake Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican History. Thursday, November 21 at 12:30 pm. By the rapids of the Red River, Kimberly Vele tells of Mohican life in the Hudson Valley of New York before their move to Stockbridge, Massachusetts, followed by their forced removal to Indiana where they joined with the Munsee tribe before their final relocation to Wisconsin. James Fenimore Cooper was incorrect in predicting the demise of the Mohican peopleThis article was posted in A Message from the Dean.