Snow Sculpture Gallery
During our Great Lakes winters, there is a cheap and plentiful sculpting material just laying around crying out to be used for something creative. Snow sculpting competitions and festivals have sprung up all over the north country. Over a several-year period, Team Ho Chunk, led by sculptor Harry Whitehorse captured just about every "People's Choice" award in the competitive world of International Snow Sculpting. Starting with an 8 x 8 x 10 foot block of snow, the four-man team, representing the Ho-Chunk Nation, was limited to hand tools and had four to five days to complete the sculpture. Snow sculpting has even evolved into a winter Olympic sport.
 

Earthmaker, They Know Not


 

Earthmaker, They Know Not
Created in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
and Frankenmuth, Michigan in 1992.

 

Earthmaker, They Know Not




IN THE SPIRIT OF COOPERATION
Created in
Milwaukee, WI, 1994
For thousands of years, the Hochungra Nation, also known in America as the Winnebago's, have survived as a people due to a complex clan system. By delegating different governing and social responsibilities to particular clans, divided by earth and sky clans, the Hochunk have prospered through cooperation and consensus decision making. The clan structure of the Hochunk people is a moiety system.
 

IN THE SPIRIT OF COOPERATION
Each clan has its' own duties and expertise in decision making. All clans participation is of equal value and importance.
The Bear clan is considered the upper of the ground clans, making decisions which deal with earth, such as village sites, police type duties, hunting and war parties.
The Thunder clan being the upper of the sky clans, is also known as the Chief clan.

 

IN THE SPIRIT OF COOPERATION
All hereditary chiefs descend from the Thunder clan. Their duties involve information gathering, consensus decision making and the peaceful coexistence of the people.This sculpture, created by Harry Whitehorse, reflects the ancient balance which has been passed down from generation to generation by our most respected elders. The strengths of the people come from our ability to understand and cooperate as a community which allows us to continue to prosper.


White Buffalo Calf Woman
In 1995, the Ho-Chunk Nation snow sculpture team created the sculpture , "White Buffalo Calf Woman"  three weeks-in-a-row in the cities of Rockford, Illinois; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Frankenmuth, Michigan.


 

White Buffalo Calf Woman
Team members in photo, from left:
Ken Whitehorse,
Harry Whitehorse,
Joel Thundercloud,
and Jon Thundercloud.


 

White Buffalo Calf Woman
The statue honored the 1994 birth of Miracle, the white buffalo calf, born in Janesville, Wisconsin.


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