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Thursday, February 25, 2021

UW-Madison

Effigy mounds around campus, remind UW-Madison students and community members of the native history of the land. 
CAMPUS NEWS

Native land, history preserved on UW-Madison campus

Today, UW-Madison’s campus is known for the Mendota Terrace, Bascom Hill and the Lakeshore path. Preservation efforts focus on these prominent areas, but many don’t realize campus’ footprint is relatively new.  UW-Madison was built on Ho-Chunk land and the tribe’s cultural representation is still physically present on campus, despite contemporary changes to the land.  Evidence of human settlement on the land surrounding Waaksikhomik, meaning "where the man lies" (Lake Mendota) dates back 12,000 years. There are at least 28 habitation sites on the campus shoreline of Lake Mendota.



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