7 events in Teejop to appreciate during Native American Heritage Month

In Teejop (or Madison), engage with Indigenous culture in workshops, art exhibits and more this November.
Illustration by nipinet landsem, provided by Arts + Literature Laboratory
Illustration of throat-singing duo taiqaa//ambe omaa

November is Native American Heritage Month. Madison, known as Teejop (“day-JOPE”) in the Ho-Chunk language, has a number of events around town this November that celebrate the art, cooking and knowledge of Indigenous peoples.

Lyla June: The Power of Indigenous Knowledge in An Age of Neocolonialism
Lyla June is a “poet, singer-songwriter, hip-hop artist, human ecologist, public speaker and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages,” and her internationally-acclaimed performances blend multiple mediums and artistic elements. Hear her speak on “Indigenous rights, supporting youth, inter-cultural healing, historical trauma and traditional land stewardship practices” at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. This free event presented by Wisconsin Union Directorate will include a lecture and Q&A session. Nov. 14, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 330 N. Orchard St., event information here

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Photo by Martin Jenich, courtesy of Overture Center for the Arts

Kids in the Rotunda: Wisconsin Dells Singers
The Overture Center’s Kids in the Rotunda series presents the Wisconsin Dells Singers. They are a troupe of Ho-Chunk dancers, singers and drummers sharing performances that have been passed down generation to generation. Celebrate Native American heritage and culture with the traditional songs and dances of the Ho-Chunk Nation. 201 State St., Nov. 5, 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., purchase tickets here 

Native American Heritage Month Workshops with Badger Rock Neighborhood Center and Rooted
Rooted and Badger Rock Neighborhood Center have two upcoming Native American Heritage Month workshops. Biskakone Greg Johnson of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will share thoughts on the original food sovereignty of the land on Sunday, November 6. Nina Starr of the Ho-Chunk Nation will demonstrate how to cook fry bread on Tuesday, November 8. Both workshops are virtual and free. Check Badger Rock Neighborhood Center’s and Rooted’s Facebook pages for more details and updates on workshop times.

Teejop and Beyond: Celebrating Native Nations of the Great Lakes at Madison Public Library
Madison Public Library in partnership with Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison presents Teejop and Beyond, an events series that highlights the voices of Indigenous artists, storytellers and community leaders. The series will showcase “art workshops, cooking and crop demonstrations, storytelling, [and] presentations on traditional skills and customs” including:

Monona’s Street Art Scene with Kristie Goforth on Saturday, Nov. 12, 1 to 2 p.m.

Storytime – The Medicine Dress with Andi Cloud at Hawthorne Library on Saturday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Family History Writing Workshop with Sherman Funmaker at Lakeview Library on Saturday, November 19, 1 to 2 p.m.

Find out more information about Teejop and Beyond events here.

Wendy Red Star: Apsáalooke: Children of the Large-Beaked Bird
Wendy Red Star’s traveling exhibit comes to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art opening Nov. 12. Red Star, a member of the Apsáalooke (Crow) tribe, is a multimedia artist and researcher whose work is in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Museum, among other institutions. Apsáalooke: Children of the Large-Beaked Bird “re-examines cultural artifacts and primary source historic imagery, and uses them as the foundation for her beautifully annotated photographs and installations.” The exhibit seeks to offer a new perspective and representation of the Native American community. 227 State St., November 12, 2022 through February 26, 2023. Find more information here.

UW-Madison Native November Events
The University of Wisconsin celebrates the campus’ Indigenous community and the history of the land it occupies. This year’s theme is Beyond an Acknowledgement, “a call for the campus community to go beyond simply learning and acknowledging Indigenous history” and truly engage with and learn about the past and current issues of the Indigenous community. The Indigenous Student Center Coalition, comprised of student organizations and a program director, has planned out a month of events including workshops, discussions and socials. Find out more about Native November events here

Joe Rainey + taiqaa//ambe omaa
On Nov. 5, Arts + Literature Laboratory presents Pow Wow singer Joe Rainey in a performance from his recent album “Niineta.” The duo taiqaa//ambe omaa will open the show performing throat-singing that “draws from Yup’ik and Nunavut-based traditions and teachings.” The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $20 at the door. Prior to the show, there will be a free Indigenous Arts Workshop with Rainey that elaborates on the inspiration and musical fusion heard in his album. 111 S. Livingston St., Saturday, November 5, 7 p.m. Find details here

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