Aaron Bird Bear, Assistant Dean, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, UW-Madison School of Education present A Deeper Understanding of the History of Teejop (Four Lakes).
Please plan to meet at The Madison Club at 11:30 am for networking; lunch will be served at noon. Please register by Wednesday, November 6.
A Deeper Understanding of the History of Teejop (Four Lakes)
Aaron Bird Bear, Assistant Dean, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, UW-Madison School of Education
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is likely the most archaeologically-rich university campus in the United States with 12,000+ years of human settlement. The Waaksikhommik shoreline of UW-Madison features 11 mound sites and at least 28 human habitation sites. The city of Madison features much more. The entirety of Dane County could likely be considered a United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage site. This talk will examine our ever-evolving understanding of how humans have lived along the shores of Waaksikhommik (Where The Man Lies, known today as Lake Mendota) in the Teejop region (Four Lakes) for 12,000+ years.
Aaron Bird Bear (Mandan, Hidatsa, & Dine’ Nations) came to Dejope (Four Lakes) in 2000 to support American Indian and Alaska Native students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 2010, Bird Bear began supporting students in the School of Education. Beginning in 2012, Bird Bear has assisted with the School’s Act 31 efforts in its Teacher Education programs. Act 31 refers to the 1989 Wisconsin state statutes incorporating First Nations Studies into public PK–12 education. Notably for all schools of education in the state, “Beginning July 1, 1991, the state superintendent may not grant to any person a license to teach unless the person has received instruction in the study of minority group relations, including instruction in the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of the federally-recognized American Indian tribes and bands located in the state.” Aaron is an alumnus of the Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis MS program at UW–Madison.
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