Hocak Wazijaci Artistic Traditions Project Collection, 1994

Scope and Content Note

Hoocąk Waaziija Haci Language Division holds the original documentation, including sound recordings, interview transcriptions, image logs, 35 mm color slides, black-and-white photographs, negatives, and mounted photos from the traveling exhibit. Documentation on drummaker Victor Browneagle is viewable by permission to members of the Ho-Chunk Nation only.

Jim Leary's personal collection of manuscript materials includes a file for each artist documented (7 altogether), and 8 project files that contain grant proposals, correspondence, reports and financial information, as well as documentation of the fieldwork and exhibit production stages, and exhibit text that features the lives and work of the traditional artists involved in the project. Each artist file contains the tape index of the interview and correspondence concerning the art show; some include rough drafts of quotes and exhibit text. The Lila Greengrass Blackdeer folder also possesses material concerning her nomination and receipt of a National Heritage Fellowship in 1999.

This project took place during a transition in the Ho-Chunk Nation's official name. Earlier records of the project often bear the former name "Winnebago" instead of "Ho-Chunk" or "Hocak," in Hocak orthography.