60 Photographs With Rarely Told Stories From Our Past

Rare Collection | May 22, 2019

Winnebago (now Ho-Chunk) family pose for a portrait, 1880.

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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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Jacob Shelton


Jacob Shelton is a Los Angeles based writer. For some reason this was the most difficult thing he’s written all day, and here’s the kicker – his girlfriend wrote the funny part of that last sentence. As for the rest of the bio? That’s pure Jacob, baby. He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party. When he’s not writing about culture, pop or otherwise, he’s adding to his found photograph collection and eavesdropping on strangers in public.