BARABOO FEATURES Virtual Film & Community Discussion Project
An alliance of professionals involved in fostering education in the Baraboo area will present a virtual film series culminating in an online discussion on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 6 PM. This event is intentionally planned to occur between indigenous Peoples Day (October 12, 2020) and Thanksgiving Day (November 26, 2020) to explore themes of unity, equity, and inclusivity. 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.
Watch the Films
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.
Join the Online Community Discussion
A community film discussion about Tribal Histories | Ho-Chunk History and supporting films will be held virtually via Zoom on November 16. Participants should view the central film and are strongly encouraged to watch the supporting films prior to the event in preparation for the discussion groups.
For more information about the Baraboo Features program, contact Joan Wheeler at the Baraboo Public Library, joan at baraboopubliclibrary.org or at (608)356-6166.