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Saturday, September 28 (Rain date October 5)
10 to 12

Remembrance Event

Join us in acknowledging important history as we walk the 1.25-mile route of the Fox-Wisconsin portage (Wawa’ąįja) — a location of significance in Ho-Chunk forced displacement by the U.S. government. Learn about these experiences and commemorate the enduring presence of Ho-Chunks in our communities today in light of all this trail represents. Ho-chunk Nation Chief Clayton Winneshiek will make remarks at the walk's destination. Golf carts will be available (first-come, first-served) for those who cannot walk the 2-mile round trip route. This is a free event.

Co-hosted by the Ho-Chunk Nation Museum and Cultural Center.

Funded in part by the Chipstone Foundation; and Wisconsin Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin. (Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.) 


Parking and starting point:

Park where directed at the intersection of Wauona Trail and Townsend St. The group begins walking the ancient portage trail at 10 a.m.

Accommodations for those with mobility challenges:

Want to participate but can't walk two miles? No worries! We plan to have golf carts available for those who cannot walk part or all of the route.

Keynote address:

Presentation by Chief Clayton Winneshiek along the Fox River at the end of Wauona Trail. Refreshments served.


Walk back to the parking area or return via golf cart by noon.

Learn More

After the walk, you are welcome to visit the Historic Indian Agency House. Take a tour.  Explore the free outdoor exhibits focusing on the story of the Ho-Chunk Nation in this region.  Watch a video series. Explore a website.

YouTube Video Series: The 1832 Landscape: Explore the historic landscape of 190 years ago—the homeland of the Ho-Chunk Nation. Present-day footage features several locations related to the people and places of the region's 1832 landscape.

YouTube Video Series: The Ho-Chunk Treaty Trail: For many Ho-Chunk people, their trail of forced expulsion was marked by a succession of treaty-mandated reservations where families were forced to relocate, adapt, and carry on their lives in the midst of trauma. Retrace this path with us from Wisconsin through Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. May we remember and reflect on this continuing story as we go "On Location."

Website: A Landscape of Families: Go deeper with this interactive website which enhances the A Landscape of Families exhibit.

Web Page: Walking Wawa’ąįja: Check out primary sources and videos related to the information in the Walking Wawa’ąįja exhibit.


Exhibit: Walking Wawa’ąįja: Explore the experiences of those who remained in or returned to Wisconsin during the era of forced displacement. These families lived as fugitives in their own homeland.

Exhibit: A Landscape of Families: On the frigid morning of November 8, 1832, over four hundred forty Ho-Chunk (Hoocąk) family representatives gathered here at the Fort Winnebago Indian Agency. Indian agent John H. Kinzie carefully recorded their names, villages, and the sizes of their families in preparation for the annual payment for land which had been sold under pressure to the U.S. government. The census penned that day offers an unparalleled look into the people who have called this region home for millennia. 

Wawa’ąįja Walk

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