Indigenous Horticulture Lodge in Lakeshore

As you may have noticed, there is a freestanding indigenous structure located on the Dejope north lawn (near the fire circle). Dejope (day-JOPE, or Four Lakes) Residence Hall and our campus sits on land once occupied by the Ho-Chunk people since time immemorial. And as the reach of the university extends to the far corners of our state, we also respectfully recognize the inherent sovereignty of the 12 First Nations of Wisconsin.

The temporary structure is a part of a Horticulture 360 class that has been studying indigenous food systems in collaboration with a former president of the Ho-Chunk nation. We want to stress the importance and cultural significance of this Lodge. Please respect this structure as well as its cultural significance, and feel free to ask questions and learn more. You can expect this to be in place for approximately one more week until the project is completed.

Indigenous lodge at night in front of Dejope Residence Hall
Indigenous lodge at night in front of Dejope Residence Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Feb. 22, 2022. (Photo by Dan Cornelius / UW-Madison)

 

Folks work to assemble the indigenous lodge outside of Dejope Residence Hall
Assembling the indigenous lodge at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Feb. 22, 2022. (Photo by Jeff Miller / UW-Madison)
Students gathered in the Dejope fire circle in a Horticulture class
Horticulture students gathered around the fire circle at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Feb. 22, 2022. (Photo by Jeff Miller / UW-Madison)