The local Native Americans are mostly Ho-Chunk (elsewhere called Winnebago) but dancers and other performers from many nations came to be part of the ceremonial.
In recent years, many local Native Americans have thought that the important role they played in the history of the Dells was being lost. As a result, there have been efforts to bring at least part of the experience back, with a few shows in one of the downtown parks. This year a number of groups have banded together for a presentation at the Crystal Grand Theater in Lake Delton. The 90-minute Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial Reawakening performance will blend the art of pioneer photographer H.H. Bennett with the sights and sounds of a multi-media stage production directed by Lance Tallmadge of Wisconsin Dells.
Tom, of course, had seen the original many times over the years, but I never have. So we plan to go this afternoon. There is also a Native Art Marketplace outside the theater featuring traditional bead and porcupine quill work, basketry and woodcarving along with contemporary drawing, painting, ceramics and jewelry. We often attend powwows nearby and I imagine some of what we see will be familiar. But Lance Tallmadge is a well-known teacher and lecturer, and I expect to learn more about the peoples who were here before Tom's ancestors arrived in the 1840s.