2017 Native Milwaukee: Here at Home Cultural Tour

2017 Native Milwaukee: A Here at Home Cultural Tour 

colorful muralWhen: Monday, June 19 through Wednesday, June 21 (8:30 – 4:30 each day)
Where: Milwaukee and Franklin, WI
Cost: $75, includes lunches, travel during the day, instruction, and admission fees (lodging not included, but a stipend per night may be available)
Application: Click here to print and complete the application form. Deadline has passed.

WTLC is excited to offer you this opportunity to meet members of the multiple Native American nations who call Milwaukee home, and visit the sites where they work, learn, and play. Here are just a few examples of what we have in store for you: 

  • Discuss religious practices at the Congregation of the Great Spirit
  • Enjoy specially prepared Native foods for lunch
  • Experience a range of visual representations of American Indians in the exhibit “Bittersweet Winds”
  • Eat with elders at the Indian Council for the Elderly
  • Visit the Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center to discover its Youth Empowerment Program and other culturally based wellness services.
  • Tour the Indian Community School and Teaching Lodge to learn how ICS utilizes indigenous teachings and ways of learning to serve its students. 
  • Hear about Indian Summer Festival’s annual Education Day while walking to its lakeshore garden of traditional medicine plants.
  • Converse with WTLC faculty member James Kelly, a member of the Oneida Nation and staff at MPS, and participate in his Iroquois raised beadwork workshop. 
  • Experience the cultural orientation given to new employees at the Potawatomi Casino and learn about the economic impact of the casino for Milwaukee.
  • Q&A with artists and 6th-12th grade students who created artwork for the Exploring Native Culture: Then & Now exhibition at Arts @Large, plus try some of their artistic methods in a hands-on workshop. 

Jim Kelly holding a piece of beadworkWhat Is a WTLC Cultural Tour?

Wisconsin Teachers of Local Culture’s immersive tours take teachers where they often can’t go on their own—behind the doors and into the backrooms of fascinating cultural communities right here at home. WTLC cultural tours provide opportunities for both personal and professional growth as we explore the old and the new in the cultural life of a particular region of Wisconsin. Food, occupations, arts, and the environment help tell the story of a place as much as conversations with its citizens.

Why Participate? 

  • To learn fieldwork methods that you can teach to your students
  • To discover content and curricular connections that you can use in your own classroom or organization
  • To gather resources for evolving your curriculum and teaching practice 
  • To benefit personally from the tour’s immersive experiences 
  • To engage with like-minded educators from around the state, becoming part of a vital network that values students’ lives and local community assets as content sources

Who’s Invited to Participate? 

  • All K-12 Educators 
  • Museum Educators who work with K-12 populations
  • Educators from other organizations that work locally to nurture and sustain their community’s culture 

students standing alongside a tepeeIs Graduate Credit Available? 

Participants have the option to enroll in a 1-credit graduate course offered through UW-La Crosse. Instructor of Record is Dr. Anne Pryor. Complete UW-L’s on-line admission application in advance of the tour. Tuition for UW-La Crosse credits is a separate cost not covered by WTLC. Cost is approximately $110/graduate credit. For full description of course, see UWL Course Description. For grading rubric, see UWL Course Rubrics.  

Who should I contact with questions?

Dr. Mary Hoefferle at 608.772.7016 or hoefferle@wisc.edu

**Funded in part by the Oneida Nation Arts program and a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, 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. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.