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Teejop & Beyond to return with programming today through December


A program created by Madison Public Library in partnership with Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison called Teejop & Beyond: Celebrating Native Nations will be returning to libraries as programming begins on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Oct. 9. 

“The lineup this year showcases the diversity and distinct cultures of Indigenous nations, as well as some of the shared experiences among them,” Neeyati Shah, the Community Engagement Librarian who leads this program at the library, said in a release. “Some of the events this time around will delve into challenging but important topics that we haven’t explored yet in this series, and others will offer more opportunities for previously popular workshops. Our presenters have created programs highlighting skills, knowledge, and cultural values that are meaningful to them, while still being accessible for the larger community.”

Programming going into December will look to highlight traditional and contemporary practices, stories, and community relationships, while also drawing attention to issues such as the climate crisis, identity, mental health, food, and growing up Native in Wisconsin as a few examples.

Participants will also have some opportunities for hands-on craft-work in areas such as beading, basket-weaving, and quillwork while also learning about different tribal traditions and cultures.

“I really enjoy sharing basket making because it keeps me close to my parents,” Kim Crowley, returning presenter, shared in the release, remarking on why basketmaking is important to her and her family. “I watched my mom make baskets from the time she woke up to wee hours at night. I hope basket making continues after I am gone. It has become a lost art. Among Ho-Chunk people, out of 7,000+ members there are only a handful of us who know how to make and how to prepare the black ash and get the ash log as well.” 

This years presenters represent the Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Oneida, and Ottawa nations including presenters Mx T Clearwater, Menominee Nation; Kimberly Crowley, Ho-Chunk Nation – Thunder Clan; Tim Decorah, Ho-Chunk Nation; Sherman Funmaker, Ho-Chunk Nation – Bear Clan Elder; Denise Low; Dawn Moneyhan, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians; Yvette Peguero, Menominee Tribe Elder; Paige Skendandore, Oneida Nation – Turtle Clan; Melanie Tallmadge-Sainz, Ho-Chunk Nation. 

Full presenter bios and a full programming schedule can be found on the Madison Public Library website here.