Research with, by, and for Native Communities: Writing a Visual History of the Ho-Chunk Nation, 1879–1960
Amy Lonetree, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Anne Ray Resident Scholar, SAR
Colloquium, SAR Boardroom
Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free
What would a history of the Ho–Chunk Nation look like if historic images taken between 1879-1960 became the primary sources for telling the story? This presentation focuses on the process of writing a tribal history that places at the center of analysis photographs and film imagery from two significant collections currently housed at the Wisconsin Historical Society: the Charles Van Schaick Collection and the Bennett Family Collection. Both collections include visual materials that document, represent, and convey a deep history of Ho-Chunk resilience and survivance, along with the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism. This talk will address the importance of employing decolonizing methodological strategies when analyzing these sources, which privilege the indigenous people captured in the frame. It will also explore ongoing meanings that these images have for contemporary Ho-Chunk people.