A virtual screening of videos about Ho-Chunk and Native American historyand culture will culminate in an online community discussion to be held via Zoom at 6 PM on Monday, November 16. This film screening and online discussion will be a continuation of community conversations about unity, equity, and inclusivity organized for the Baraboo Reads project. An alliance of professionals involved in fostering education in the Baraboo area has planned the virtual film series and online discussion. This project is planned to occur between Indigenous Peoples Day and Thanksgiving. Partners in planning the Baraboo Features project are the Baraboo Public Library, the Baraboo School District, UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County, UW-Madison Extension Sauk County, First United Methodist Church, and the Baraboo Acts Coalition.
Baraboo Features planners have chosen the PBS Wisconsin History Project titled Tribal Histories | Ho-Chunk History as the central film. Planners also recommend participants view the selected supporting films People of the Big Voice - The Ho-Chunk Nation and My Once Life - Video Poem.
Central Film: Tribal Histories | Ho-Chunk History (26:45)- “By the banks of the Lemonweir River in what for ages had been Ho-Chunk territory, Andy Thundercloud shares the oral tradition of his people. Thundercloud tells of a traveling people who migrated across the land to become many different tribes, of the importance of maintaining the traditional language, and of the wonderful way of life he has known.”
Supporting Film: People of the Big Voice - The Ho-Chunk Nation (11:34)- “In this short film, Ho-Chunk Nation Chief Winneshiek is joined by Jon Greendeer, the Executive Director of Heritage Preservation for the Ho-Chunk Nation. The two share how everything the Nation does—to advance their business and their people—has meaning behind it and is done with great intention.”
Supporting Film: My Once Life - Video Poem (3:29)- My Once Life is a hybrid video poem by Pamela J. Peters about the continuing impact of colonization on tribal peoples. Native people resist their violent history and contemporary political struggles through engaging with deep historical knowledge and creating new oral histories. The poem is read by 12 Native women living in Los Angeles whose strong voices embody empowerment. This video does not have representation from the tribes and bands residing within Wisconsin’s borders and is meant to provide more voices to the conversation.