On Location: The Ho-Chunk Treaty Trail
Trails lead people from one place to another. We generally think of them as physical routes worn into the ground by the footsteps of travelers, but a trail can also be defined in a broader sense as a path through life's circumstances. 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."
This series dovetails with "Walking Wawa’ąįja" — an outdoor exhibition created on our grounds in conjunction with the Ho-Chunk Nation Museum and Cultural Center. Walking Wawa’ąįja focuses on the voices of those who remained in or returned to Wisconsin, navigating this era of forced expulsion right here in their own homeland.
Go back in time...
Explore the historic landscape of almost 200 years ago—the homeland of the Ho-Chunk Nation—through "On Location: The 1832 Landscape" (2022 video series). We also encourage you to take some time to peruse "A Landscape of Families," an outdoor exhibit and its accompanying in-depth website, produced in conjunction with the Ho-Chunk Nation Museum and Cultural Center.