A Stately Circle

New sculpture evokes the 12 clans of the Ho-Chunk Nation.

People sit at the center of the Ho Chunk Clan Circle sculpture

Althea Dotzour

On May 4, members of the Ho-Chunk and UW–Madison communities dedicated the Ho-Chunk Clan Circle, a series of sculptures representing the 12 clans of the Ho-Chunk Nation. The space outside the new Bakke Recreation and Wellbeing Center was created in partnership with Ho-Chunk artist Ken Lewis and other Ho-Chunk advisers. “The Ho-Chunk have lived here from time immemorial, and it was in this place that the Ho-Chunk people perfected the skills and technologies that have become the activities we recognize today as archery, canoeing, and snowshoeing, as well as team sports such as lacrosse,” said Carla Vigue, the UW’s tribal relations director.

Published in the Fall 2023 issue


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