By Robert E. Bieder
A historical past of local American tribes in Wisconsin, this account follows Wisconsin's Indian groups from the 1600s via 1960. It covers the ways in which local groups have striven to form and preserve their traditions within the face of large exterior pressures.
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Once on their way it would take several days for each of the small groups of about 20 to reach their first camps. ld be made at a leisurely pace, with stops along the route for fishing and hunting. Upon reaching the mouth of the river that would take them into their interior camps, they sometimes stopped and hunted for a couple of weeks before traveling farther. Moves into the interior were accomplished in stages. If the river was large enough and free of ice, the trip was sometimes continued in canoes as far as possible.
Except for the matter of exogamy, or acquiring mates from outside the village, the Winnebago probably followed quite similar patterns to achieve village cohesion. When the Winnebago or Santee conducted summer buffalo hunts, their respective villages combined into a single village. According to Landes, for the Santee "the buffalo-hunting group was the village; the personnel was continuous; and the groups acted together throughout the year. "50 If Landes is correct, then the village was organized as an effective hunting machine.
In late summer, or the "Turning Leaves Moon," the Menominee 27 Copyrighted Material How They Lived in the Old Time would set off to gather wild rice. "25 Unfortunately, when the rice harvest failed every three or four years, the Menominee were sorely affected. 1nity, and some was traded to other Indian groups. After they gathered the rice in canoes, a pit would be dug and a deer skin or mat would be laid in the pit and the rice placed on top. Then women and children would pound or dance on the rice to separate it from the chaff.
Native American Communities in Wisconsin, 1600-1960: A Study of Tradition and Change by Robert E. Bieder