Todd Rongstad is working hard to document storytellers and keepers of sacred knowledge in the Midwest before they are gone. Todd’s videos are an exploration into sacred sites and native history in the upper Midwest.

Ritchie Brown & Frank Schadewald – SACRED GROUND Playlist

Jim Scherz – SURVEY THE PAST Playlist 

Kurt Sampson – SPIRIT OF PLACE Playlist 

Preston Thompson – HO CHUNK ELDER WISDOM Playlist 

Jack Steinbring – HENSLER PETROGLYPH Playlist 

Kurt Sampson – LIZARD MOUND Playlist 

Gary Maier – FOUR LAKES MOUNDS Playlist 

Chris Veit – HIXTON SOURCE Playlist 

Gary Maier – Effigy Mounds, a New Perspective (a 13 video series)

Early Excavations at Aztalan – Kurt Sampson 

Archeologist Kurt Sampson, Naturalist, Aztalan State Park, shares photographs taken during excavations at Aztalan State Park. The photos, dated 1919, 1920 and 1932, offer a glimpse into the site’s prehistoric occupation.

An Illustrated Journey From Dejope to Madison – Aaron Bird Bear

Aaron Bird Bear, Recruitment and Retention Specialist, School of Education, UW- Madison, explains how the UW-Madison campus landscape can serve as a classroom and can address learning goals for students. Bird Bear highlights the archaeological sites on campus and discusses the transformation of the land from Dejope (Four Lakes) to Madison.

Did the Ancient Wisconsin River Once Flow East? – Eric Carson

Eric Carson, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, UWEX, suggests the lower Wisconsin River valley was occupied by an eastward flowing river during the Cenozoic Era. The Wyalusing River followed the upper Mississippi River as far south as the modern confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers then flowed east along the valley now occupied by the lower Wisconsin River.

An Early Cahokian Colony in Wisconsin – Danielle Benden

Danielle Benden, academic curator in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, explores the mystery behind a 1000-year-old mission site in the Village of Trempealeau, Wisconsin. Colonists, called Mississippian peoples by archaeologists, arrived from America’s first city, Cahokia, near modern day St. Louis, Missouri, 750 miles away, in dugout canoes.

A Thousand Years Ago in Trempealeau: An Early Cahokian Colony in Wisconsin

Danielle Benden – Wednesday Nite at the Lab, Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wisconsin Rock Art – Robert Ernie Boszhardt

Robert Ernie Boszhardt, president of the Wisconsin Archaeological Society, and Geri Schrab, water color painter, join University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the history of rock art in Wisconsin.

Looking for Lapham

Named Wisconsin’s first great scientist, Increase Lapham was a self-taught renaissance man who dabbled in the fields of botany, archaeology, forestry and climatology. Two hundred years after his birth his influence is still being felt in our state. That is, if you know how to “Look for Lapham.” This report is part of a new initiative at Wisconsin Public Television called Quest.

An Ancient Settlement In Brown County 

Norm Meinholtz, Wisconsin Historical Society

Norm Meinholtz, an archaeologist with the Wisconsin Historical Society, shares recent discoveries at the Pamperin Park North site near Green Bay. The pre-contact settlement excavated in 2010 contains the remains of a pit house, cooking and refuge pits, and numerous artifacts suggesting the site was a winter homestead.

2,500 Summers on Nicolet Bay: Archaeological Excavations…

Paul Reckner, Archaeologist, Wisconsin Historical Society.
Paul Reckner explores the relationship between the geological and cultural histories that have drawn humans for at least 2,500 years to Wisconsin, Door County and Nicolet Bay.

The Skeleton Bridge Archaeological Site 

Kent Dickerson, Field Coordinator for the Wisconsin Historical Society Museum Archaeology Program.
Kent Dickerson shares archaeological discoveries from late Paleo-indian through late woodland eras at the Skeleton bridge site on the banks of Daggets Creek in Winnebago County, Wisconsin.

Ceramics from Late Woodland Campsites 

Elizabeth Reetz, Archaeologist Wisconsin Historical Society.
In 2009, archaeologists evaluated five sites along Highway 77 in northern Burnett County. Participate in this discovery with Elizabeth Reetz as she shares the results of the excavations and how the ceramic assemblages from these sites compare with other types documented in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota….

The Old Copper Industry in Eastern North America 

Thomas Pleger, Campus Executive Officer and Dean, UW-Baraboo
Thomas Pleger talks about his interest in the Old Copper Industry. He discusses research of Native Americans and their production of metal tools in Wisconsin. He focuses on cemeteries of people that lived in our state between 6,000 and 3,000 years ago as well as everything they left in their graves that hints at how they once lived.

Visions and Voices

Roberta Hill, Associate Professor, English and American Indian Studies, UW-Madison Aaron Birdbear, Graduate Student and Graduate Research Scholar, UW-Madison School of Education Janice Rice, Outreach Coordinator, College Library, UW-Madison Lanny Nesoer
A special story-telling event exploring the history of native people. The history and stories passed down by Roberta Hill as she tells of her grandparents, Charles Abram Hill and Dr. Lillie Rosa Minoka-Hill.

Picturing Indians: Photographic Encounters and Tourist…

Janice Rice, Outreach Coordinator, College Library, UW-Madison. Tom Jones, Assistant Professor, Department of Photography, UW-Madison
Janice Rice and Tom Jones offer a Ho-Chunk perspective on Steven Hoelscher’s “Picturing Indians: Photographic Encounters and Tourist Fantasies.” The book examines H. H. Bennett’s work and the Ho-Chunk people he photographed in the Wisconsin Dells area.

Wisconsin’s First Mound Builders 

John Broihahn, State Archeologist and Keith Jasin, Masters Student in Cultural Anthropology, UW-Milwaukee
Wisconsin celebrates Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month each May. John H. Broihahn as he shares interesting details about the mounds and burial-mound building development in Wisconsin.


Ancient Glacial Lakes of Wisconsin  

Tom Hooyer, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, UW-Madison
Tom Hooyer, a glacial geologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, talks about the history of the great glacial lakes within the borders of Wisconsin and discusses the effects climate change had on them.

The Geologic Story of Four Lakes

David Mickelson, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geology & Geophysics at UW-Madison, shares the geologic story of Lake Mendota, Glacial Lake Wisconsin, Indian Lake and Devil’s Lake.

Where the Ice Never Roamed: Wisconsin’s Driftless Area and the Record of Surrounding Glaciations

Wednesday Nite at the Lab, Wednesday, March 28, 2012 – Eric Carson
Where the Ice Never Roamed: Wisconsin’s Driftless Area and the Record of Surrounding Glaciations