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Oneida Nation of Wisconsin artist wins NEA award, helps Wisconsin Regional Art Program celebrate 80 years
The WRAP 2020 Annual Art Exhibition and State Day Conference will feature Karen AnnHoffman’s much-anticipated keynote on Iroquois raised beadwork, an art form specific to the Indigenous nations and cultures of the Eastern Great Lakes Region utilizing forms and designs that reach back more than 10,000 years.
Bird Bear will work to foster strong ties between the 12 First Nations of Wisconsin and the university, and represent the UW–Madison Division of Extension leadership in collaborations with tribal communities.
She invited audience members to picture the land as it once was, with wigwams up and down the Isthmus and a gathering space for international council meetings of tribal leaders near today’s Wisconsin State Capitol.
A graduate student is working on a project to build connections between the UW and Native American tribes around wild rice protection and restoration efforts.
“The partnership feels genuine. I think it will have valuable benefits, and not just on the research end, but also in how many Native students are at UW–Madison and how the university can better support them," says Mic Isham Jr., executive administrator of the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission.
Everyone is welcome to attend this free event April 6 and 7 that will feature cultural education, dancing, food, crafts and drums. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with the Grand Entries taking place at 1 p.m. each day.
Deer, a 1957 graduate, went on to become the first female chair of Wisconsin's Menominee Indian Tribe as well as a national leader in Indian affairs.