Last week, about two dozen campus volunteers assisted Bill Quackenbush, tribal historic preservation officer for the @hochunknation, in constructing a Ho-Chunk housing structure on the North Lawn of Dejope Residence Hall. The dwelling, called a ciiporoke (a Ho-Chunk language word pronounced ‘chee-POE-doe-kay’), has long been a place of home, family, community, teaching and learning in the Ho-Chunk culture and remains an essential part of Ho-Chunk life. The ciiporoke will stay up throughout the month of November. Quackenbush said he hopes students and staff will engage with it in whatever ways feel right to them — “sit in it, study in it, reflect in it. The building of the ciiporoke is just one of many ways #UWMadison is celebrating #UWNativeNovember on campus.” UW–Madison occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place the Ho-Chunk Nation call Teejop. In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede the territory. The ciiporoke is the standard Ho-Chunk housing structure used in the Teejop area. 📸: @taylordaynephotography

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