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Place-Based Workshop, 2019

Changing Landscapes of Indigeneity


Registration is now open until April 22!

We warmly invite CHE Faculty, Academic Staff, Graduate, and Community Associates, as well as Rachel Carson Center Faculty and Graduate Students, to join us for what promises to be an exciting exploration of the changing landscapes of Indigeneity in Wisconsin.

The place-based workshop is a key piece of annual programming that makes CHE the special community it is.  Those of you who have participated in these trips in the past know they are rich experiences intellectually and socially, that enable you to connect with other members of the CHE community.

CHE, with the generous support of the Bradshaw-Knight Foundation, and private donors, is pleased to cover the expenses associated with this trip.

Registration Information

We encourage you to register early. This year, faculty and graduate students from the Rachel Carson Center will join CHE, and participant spots will be in high demand.

Rachel Carson Center participants have already completed their application process and their spots are guaranteed, however, we request that all participants fill out the registration form as it includes many important details for our organizers.

Because the spots are so limtied, please only register if you are able to attend the workshop in its entirety. 


Click here to register.

Please contact Nicole Fischer with questions or concerns.

Place-Based Workshop Trip Itinerary

Please note that the schedule below is tentative and offers a sampling of activities included in this year's workshop. These plans are subject to change.

Monday, May 13
A first glimpse into changing Landscapes of Indigeneity 

Our trip will start with a morning breakfast reception on the UW-Madison campus, followed by a panel on "Dejope and its Hinterland". Moderated by Larry Nesper, the panelists Sissel Schroeder,  Chip Brown, Bob Birmingham, and Bill Quackenbush will start our conversation about changing landscapes of Indigeneity in Wisconsin. A Native American Cultural Landscape Tour of UW-Madison led by Aaron Bird Bear and Omar Poler will conclude the first stage of the workshop. We will then travel to the Aztalan State Park, WI  where we will be joined by Sissel Schroeder and Bob Birmingham to learn about the importance and meaning of memorial sites like Aztalan. Man Mound Park will be the last stop of our first workshop day, where  Amy Rosebrough and Rob Nurre will tell us more about the man-shaped effigy mound located east of Baraboo.


Tuesday, May 14
Getting to Know Ho-Chunk Nation

We will spend our second day discovering the history and significance of the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area and the Badger Army Ammunition Plant. In the Badger Museum, a variety of speakers will introduce us to historical and cultural perspectives and to the timeline tied to the area and land. We will learn about the Ho-Chunk Nation, its history and ties to Sacred Earth, the history of families and historic land-use, and about the decommissioning and re-use planning and transfer of the ammunition plant. In addition, we will be able to travel to Ho-Chunk Sacred Earth, the Pioneer Cemetery, and the USDA- Dairy Forage Research Center to explore the sites accompanied by experts. At the end of the day we will travel North to arrive at our lodging for the next two nights.

Wednesday, May 15
Getting to Know Menominee Nation

Much of our day will be spent at the Menominee Indian Tribe Cultural Museum and the Logging Museum, exploring different landscapes and their significance for the Menominee Tribe. We will meet with experts who will speak about the cultural role of the Wolf River, Keshena Falls, Spirit Rock, Sepaxticum, and Five Islands. Furthermore, we will go on a bus tour led by Bill Gartner, who will share his knowledge about pre-Columbian sites on the Menominee reservation.

Thursday, May 16
Getting to Know Oneida Nation

The final day of this workshop will involve a visit to cultural heritage grounds in Oneida. In the Oneida Nation Museum, we will take a tour of a longhouse and log homes and savor a White Corn Growers traditional meal, which will be just one of the many highlights of the workshop. We will also attend a traditional smoke dance performance before the final stop, which will be an environmental tour informing us about wild rice restoration, sweetgrass, and wet prairies. Thereafter, we will return to Madison (WI).