Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Lake Park native effigy mound vigil opportunity today

Glad to see UWM scholars and others implementing the Wisconsin Idea by leading a public learning session at a Native American effigy mound late Tuesday afternoon in Lake Park near the East side Milwaukee campus.
The Tuesday schedule:
  • 4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Gathering begins as the sun is setting. Brief talks and readings about what the mounds are and their cultural and historical significance from American Indian Studies faculty members.
  • 4:50 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. as darkness falls, LED tea lights will be places around and on the mound followed by a couple of messages from the Overpass Light Brigade.
Location of Prehistoric Burial Mound in Lake Park: https://foursquare.com/v/prehistoric-burial-mound/4e5136f2483bb7704927f88e
The event is to coincide with a rally in Madison Tuesday over a jaw-dropping legislative bid by the ruling party to permit excavation, even destruction of these religious and cultural sites built hundreds of years ago.

Wisconsin is said to be home to 90% of these structures worldwide; the Ho-Chunk nation considers the sites sacred.

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