Founded in 1968, Wunk Sheek has helped represent over 40 years of Native American students at UW-Madison. Meetings are Wednesdays @ 7pm at the American Indian Student and Cultural Center (215-217 N Brooks St) *MEETINGS ARE DONE UNTIL FALL '12*
Black and white photos are old photos from the old MEChA space. One of the pics is the entrance to the MEChA office. This was during the Despedida for MEChA and Wunk Sheek. After 40 years of existing in that space, it’s getting torn down to become either a music hall or a parking lot.
Here’s a little background info of the org just to emphasize how wonderful of an event this will be. Wunk Sheek has been an organization at UW-Madison for over 40 years. A couple years ago, we were defunded losing I think around $50,000 to $100,000 in annual funding. Because of this all the direct services we provided such as the Veteran’s Day Powwow, multiple events during November for Native Heritage month, the spring powwow and other events, speakers and activities became near to impossible to put on to the extent they were in past years. But, amazingly, this is the first powwow in 2 years(!) put together without our funding, but from funding provided from other student orgs, coalitions, donations from different schools at the UW and even from the Ho Chunk Nation! We went from $0 to over $25,000 in a matter of a couple months due to hard work from our organization and other multicultural orgs’ desire to see Native culture revived on this campus. We can’t wait to see the turnout! :)
Pictures of the old Wunk Sheek space. The balcony to access these spaces is getting removed over winter break, so I went in while MEChA was marking the stuff that needed to get moved and took pictures of the space as it currently stands. Beautiful.
The art is not mine. It was created by members of our sister org, MEChA. The art is BEAUTIFUL! I was blown away when I walked into the space. Enjoy the pictures :)
One of our Wunk Sheek members dressed in full regalia and talked about his outfit and danced to a song. We would’ve had more music and the actual drum group but we weren’t allowed to have “music that could be disruptive to studying” or sound amplification….It was still a really nice day :) I thought we had a pretty good turnout and made a lot of people aware of Indigenous People.