A Tribute to Survival

This exhibit's centerpiece, titled "Indian Country," features a contemporary pow-wow grand entry scene with 37 life-sized figures dressed in colorful dance attire. These figures move on an enormous turntable around singers at a drum and pass through areas of theatrical lighting accompanied by the sounds of American Indian music. Various aspects of contemporary American Indian life, reservation and urban, are shown in conjunction with the pow-wow.

The Indian Country pow-wow figures are based on life casts of Indian people representing Wisconsin's seven tribes. The local American Indian community has dedicated hundreds of hours to the fabrication of the pow-wow outfits and drum used in the exhibit.

Other segments present the history of American Indian and non-Indian relations. Subjects such as "The First Americans," "Outnumbered and Outarmed," and "Federal Policies and Indian Strategies" are explored in detail.