Help build a Ho-Chunk ciporoke


The Mitchell Museum is pleased to partner with the Ho-Chunk nation in building a ciporoke.

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is pleased to partner with the Ho-Chunk nation in building a ciporoke or lodge on the west lawn of the museum.

Construction will take place during museum hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 9 and 10.

Guided by Ho-Chunk community members and cultural experts, the public is invited to participate in this unusual opportunity.

“Historically, the construction of the ciporoke was a communal effort showing gratitude and respect for the structure and workers,” said Kathleen McDonald, executive director of the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. “Inviting the public to participate in building the structure here at the museum honors that Ho-Chunk tradition.”

The ciporoke will become a stop on the museum’s group tours. On Sept. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m., the museum will celebrate its official opening with traditional dance and drum by the Ho-Chunk delegation, who will be honored at the event. 

To RSVP for the grand opening of the Ho-Chunk ciporoke, call 847-475-1030 or email rsvp@mitchellmuseum.org by Friday Sept. 5. The event is free to the public.

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