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Art as Artifact: Cultural Creative Arts

In October, 1830, Juliette Kinzie found herself ascending the winding Fox River to the portage after having married the new Fort Winnebago Indian agent. She wrote of her interest as she passed through a place which was foreign to her urban Eastern senses, but more importantly, her voyage up the Fox River and her years at the ancient Fox-Wisconsin portage placed her on a winding path through the complexities of the cultures surrounding her, each with its own creative traditions: Ho-Chunk families, French voyageurs, the Métis, Euro-American and Black settlers, and others with distinctive ethnicities of their own.

Survey examples of art from various cultures which converged at the portage in 1832, focusing not only on each piece in and of itself, but also on the skills and resources required to produce it, the culture out of which it was created, and some of the ideas and insights it conveys.

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