Madison Public Library is hosting a Native American Storyteller-in-Residence program led by Ho-Chunk Nation member and storyteller Andi Cloud. From December 1-10, Cloud invites Madison residents to hunt for a hand-made medallion in City of Madison parks.
“Medallion hunts aren’t common in the Ho-Chunk culture, but they are common in my family,” said Cloud. “My Tega Tracy has put on many medallion hunts for the family at our holiday gatherings. He has also organized medallion hunts for Ho-Chunk Nation tribal members and employees. I asked him to put together this hunt for the city and library friends because I thought it would be a fun way to encourage family, friends, co-workers, etc. to share in some fun and team work, as well as enjoy the outdoors despite the cooler weather!”
The clear, acrylic medallion has the Great Seal of the Ho-Chunk Nation engraved and is hidden within a City of Madison public park. Clues are published below, starting Wednesday, December 1, 2021. A new clue will appear daily through Friday, December 10, 2021, unless the medallion is found before that date. The medallion is above ground, so there is no need to dig (unless there’s snow!) or use metal detectors. The person who finds the medallion first will be able to take it home as a prize, in addition to a $50 gift card.
Inspiration for the medallion hunt comes from The Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt, which takes place annually in St. Paul, Minnesota.
2021 Winner: Peter Kirschmann!
Peter Kirschmann found the 2021 Medallion on Thursday, December 2 during a lunchtime walk:
"My friend Carrie tipped me off that some of the numbers in today's clue corresponded to bus stops along James Madison Park. So I went and looked where there might be workers, from yesterday's clue. First wandering around the boat house, then the BCycle station, and finally found it hiding in the lifeguard stand."
Congratulations to Peter for his excellent sleuthing! See below for all of the clues and their explanations.
We want to extend our gratitude to Andi Cloud and her Tega Tracy Thundercloud for creating this fun Medallion Hunt! Tracy put A LOT of time and effort into crafting these thoughtful clues and explaining their meaning and we appreciate his hard work in preparing an interactive winter activity for all of Madison to enjoy!