60 Photographs With Rarely Told Stories From Our Past
Winnebago (now Ho-Chunk) family pose for a portrait, 1880.
The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska are now federally recognized as the Ho-Chunk Native American tribe. The people of this first nations tribe lived in what’s now known as Wisconsin, and they were first encountered by Jean Nicolet, a French explorer who is most well known for exploring Lake Michigan.
The Ho-Chunk weren’t nomadic like many of the other tribes in the Americas. They stayed in dome shaped homes while growing squash, beans, and tobacco. It wasn’t until the 17th century that the Ho-Chunk began western expansion, moving to northwestern Illinois. As of 2019 there are only 10,000 members of the Ho-Chunk tribe alive.
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