Madison Public Library, in collaboration with Ho-Chunk Gaming, is launching a Storyteller-in-Residence program led by Ho-Chunk Nation storyteller and tribal member Andi Cloud. Events for the residency, called “Ho-Chunk Through Story: The Origin, The Wayz, and The Life,” will start on Monday, Oct. 11 (Indigenous Peoples’ Day) and run through Dec. 18.
“I am happy and honored to be selected as the first indigenous storyteller-in-residence,” said Cloud in a press release. “I think this residency is vital, and a great way to celebrate culture in our state. My hope is for the community, young and old, to embrace and engage in Ho-Chunk culture and life.”
Throughout the residency, the community can engage in a variety of interactive storytelling and creative learning opportunities for all ages, according to a press release from the library, with art workshops, activity kits, storytimes, social media sharing, exhibits, and more across the city, there are lots of ways to participate, celebrate, and learn.
“The residency is intended to promote intercultural understanding and story sharing. In light of both the COVID-19 pandemic and movements for racial justice, it is also an opportunity to make space for healing and connection,” said Community Engagement Librarian Neeyati Shah.
The 3-month residency will include both in-person and virtual events, as well as grab-and-go Mini Maker Kits created in collaboration with The Bubbler at Madison Public Library that connect the program to We Read, the library’s year-round celebration of reading.
Displays in libraries will show a variety of traditional dress and regalia throughout the residency and a Ho-Chunk flag will hang on the lower level at Central Library. Book displays will also be featured at library locations.
“Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison appreciates the Madison Public Library for having the discernment to inaugurate the Storyteller-in-Residence program for the entire Teejop community,” said Missy Tracy, Municipal Relations Coordinator at Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, in a statement. “We believe it is integral for everyone to know and understand the true history of this place and this programming is intended to do just that.”