Wood Sculpture Gallery Four: Ho Chunk Family Tree
Medium: 150 year-old White Oak Tree
Dimensions: 12' high x 39" diameter
Unique Edition
Completion Date: April 2001
Installed at Thoreau School, Madison, Wisconsin
Adapted from Thoreau Principal, Dr. Margaret Planner's original mission statement:
On April 27, 2000, Harry Whitehorse presented his ideas for a statue to be carved from a white oak tree that once stood on the Thoreau Elementary School playground in Madison, Wisconsin. The large old oak tree rot and had to be cut down because of its close proximity to the school building and playground. The sculpture that Mr. Whitehorse is creating will honor the Ho-Chunk People and will be used as a teaching tool for all Thoreau students and staff. Long before the original school was built, the Ho-Chunk Nation used this site and surrounding area as a summer village. Some of the Ho-Chunk people that lived in this area fished in the nearby lakes. "Ho Chunk Family Tree" will help record a history for these people. The wood sculpture is meant to be viewed in the round (being able to be seen from all sides) and is approximately three feet in diameter and eleven feet high. At the top of the sculpture is a large Thunderbird. A Thunderbird is an important symbol to the Ho-Chunk people and is Thoreau School's mascot. Also represented in the sculpture are a Ho-Chunk man and woman, a bear, and eagle feather staff, a child in a cradle board, a young boy grasping a string of fish, and a girl holding a basket filled with corn, beans, and squash. Images of a Ho-Chunk drum group and symbols of the twelve clans of the Ho Chunk are carved in high relief around the circular base of the sculpture.
 

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