A Cultural Celebration Through Music

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    Hoocąk Hit'et'era Nąąwą: Ho-Chunk Language in Song 

    A Cultural Celebration Through Music

    In a celebration of heritage and language, the Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) Concert Choir is honored to present a unique musical performance titled "Hoocąk Hit'et'era Nąąwą: Ho-Chunk Language in Song." Scheduled for March 12, 2024, at 7:30 PM in the SPASH auditorium, this event marks a pivotal moment in the recognition and preservation of the Ho-Chunk language, an invaluable asset of Wisconsin's ancestral legacy.

    Ancestral Lands and Cultural Heritage:

    Stevens Point and its surrounding areas are deeply rooted in the history of the Ho-Chunk Nation. In an effort to pay homage to this rich heritage, the SPASH Concert Choir, under the direction of Composer and Choir Director Luke Adsit, has embraced the challenge of learning and performing a song cycle in the Ho-Chunk language. This initiative not only celebrates the cultural significance of the region but also shines a light on the importance of preserving endangered languages.

    Collaboration and Insight:

    The creation of "The Earth Still Speaks," a cross-cultural musical composition, has been a collaborative journey between Luke Adsit and esteemed Ho-Chunk elder Allen Cloud. Their partnership has allowed for an authentic incorporation of the Ho-Chunk language into the music, bridging the gap between two cultures through the universal language of song. This collaboration has been an enlightening process, exploring the nuances and complexities of translating concepts and emotions across languages.

    A Premiere Performance:

    Originally conceptualized in the fall of 2019, the song cycle's debut performance by the SPASH Concert Choir signifies a historic moment for both the school and the community at large. This performance, inspired by Adsit’s master’s thesis "The Pedagogical Value of Learning a Musical Work in an Endangered Language: Ho-Chunk," promises to be an enlightening experience, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the Ho-Chunk language and culture.

    Event Details:

    - Date: March 12, 2024

    - Time: 7:30 PM

    - Location: SPASH Auditorium, Stevens Point Area Senior High School

    Engagement and Education:

    Through the universal power of music, "Hoocąk Hit'et'era Nąąwą" aims to educate students and audience members about the enduring legacy of Wisconsin's First Nations. This performance is a call to recognize the presence and importance of Native American communities in our nation and to celebrate the rich tapestry of languages that contribute to our collective identity.

    Special Acknowledgments:

    Our heartfelt thanks go to Allen Cloud, Julia Goodbear, and the Ho-Chunk Nation language department for their invaluable contributions. We are also honored to have Ho-Chunk President Jon Greendeer and Ho-Chunk singers join us, enriching the event with greetings and performances that bridge languages and cultures.

    Join Us:

    We invite members of the Ho-Chunk Nation, other First Nations of Wisconsin, and the broader community to this poignant celebration. Together, let us embrace the diversity of our cultures and the beauty of our languages.

    For more information and to experience the fusion of music and heritage, please visit [http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1793/80381](http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1793/80381).


    See Photos from the Rehearsal: https://bit.ly/3SKuVRh