University of Wisconsin–Madison

Ho-Chunk Elder to Lead Informal Native Language Class

The American Indian Studies Program and the Ho-Chunk Nation are pleased to announce that we will be offering informal (non-credit) classes in the Hoocąk language this fall, under the direction of esteemed Ho-Chunk elder and fluent speaker, Cecil Garvin, and his apprentice, Laura Red Eagle. Classes will be one hour and fifteen minutes a week, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. Course content will be the same on both days, so that on any given week, you can attend either day, or both, if you’d like.

We will also be offering independent study in the language on Fridays at 3 p.m. for students who wish additional help or want to go further in their studies. The class is open to anyone, including students, faculty, staff, and senior auditors, as our focus is on community. All course materials will be generously provided by the Ho-Chunk Nation. While we will be meeting this coming week (September 11-15), it will be fine to begin the week following. Classes are held at the American Indian Student & Cultural Center (AISCC), at 215 N. Brooks Street, located near the School of Business. Please email Rand if you have an interest in attending. 

 For mor einformation contact: Rand Valentine, Linguistics and American Indian Studies, rand.valentine@wisc.edu