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Paideia Text & Issues Lecture: Anna Peterson and David Faldet. "Education and the Ho-Chunk: Resistance and Resilience"

  • Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: Center for Faith and Life, Recital Hall

David Faldet, professor of English, and Anna Peterson, associate professor of history, will present the second lecture of the 2019 Paideia Texts and Issues series on the theme Resistance and Resilience. They will focus on aspects of the history of the Winnebago/Ho-Chunk removal, a study of resistance that often forced choices between physical and cultural survival. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the CFL Recital Hall. Reception to follow in Qualley Lounge.

The history of Winnebago/Ho-Chunk removal is one of survival and resistance that often forced the choice between physical survival and cultural survival. One way of understanding this story is to look at choices tribal members made about the education of their children, when choosing to resist Euro-American education might jeopardize physical survival.

This joint lecture will look at documents from key moments in a century of tribal history: a school essay by a 12-year old girl and a letter of complaint from tribal leaders in the 1840s, a letter from different chiefs in the 1860s after the tribe had experienced hundreds of deaths due to starvation and exposure, and a letter to Norwegian Lutheran Church from the 1930s, following the closure of the mission boarding school that housed and fed the tribe’s children.

Dr. Faldet and Dr. Peterson acknowledge that the land on which this college stands was home to the Ioway, Sac, Fox, Dakota, and Winnebago/Ho-Chunk people, whose relationship to this land continues today. They acknowledge that the Ho-Chunk moved here from Wisconsin against their will; and in less than a generation, pressure from the US government and immigrant settlers, such as those who founded and attended this college, forced them to relocate again. They acknowledge that this land, once called The Neutral Ground, was created by the US government to control the movement, lives, and livelihood of Native peoples. They acknowledge that the history of this college is directly tied to the dispossession of the Sac, Fox, and Dakota and the forced migration of the Ho-Chunk people.

Paideia Text & Issues Lecture: Anna Peterson and David Faldet. "Education and the Ho-Chunk: Resistance and Resilience" 

Questions? Contact Bonnie Johnson, 563-387-1153