Each fall, Madison Public Library and Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison welcome a variety of Native artists, storytellers, and community leaders for a series of programs celebrating Indigenous people in and beyond Teejop (pronounced day-JOPE, meaning Four Lakes, or Madison). Beginning on Indigenous Peoples' Day each year, Native folks from different nations lead programs highlighting both traditional and contemporary practices, stories, and community relationships.
Nine presenters representing different Native tribes in Wisconsin will lead 15 programs from October - December on a wide range of topics, including the climate crisis, identity, mental health, growing up Native in Wisconsin, food and much more.
Program participants will also have the opportunity to try hands-on crafts like beading, basket-weaving and quillwork and understand the ways techniques and approaches vary depending on the tribal traditions guiding them. This year, presenters represent the Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Oneida, and Ottawa nations. Meet the presenters and sign up for programs below.
Additional Community Events
Come Home Indio: An Evening with Jim Terry
Thursday, December 7, 7pm
A brutally honest but charming look at the pain of childhood and the alienation and anxiety of early adulthood. In his memoir, we are invited to walk through the life of the author, Jim Terry, as he struggles to find security and comfort in an often hostile environment. Between the Ho-Chunk community of his Native American family in Wisconsin and his schoolmates in the Chicago suburbs, he tries in vain to fit in and eventually turns to alcohol to provide an escape from increasing loneliness and alienation. Terry also shares with the reader in exquisite detail the process by which he finds hope and gets sober, as well as the powerful experience of finding something to believe in and to belong to at the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance at Standing Rock.
JIM TERRY (Ho-Chunk) is a comic book artist whose memoir “Come Home, Indio” was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and the Ignatz, as well as the artist on such titles as THE CROW, HACK/SLASH, HEAVY METAL and more. He lives in Chicago with his 4 cats.
This program was made possible by Beyond the Page with the support of Madison Community Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities and hosted in partnership with the Wisconsin Book Festival.