Wea Tauk Place of the Wigwams

Photographed July 16, 2014
Erected 1998 by From the Pineries to the Present Heritage Tourism Area
Bowler, Shawano County, Wisconsin
44.899443,-88.940515
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Wea Tauk
Place of the
Wigwams
This authentic replica of a Mohican village depicts life as it was before European contact, when the Mohican homelands were along the Mahicanituk (Hudson) River in present day New York. The lifestyles of the Mohican and Munsee Tribes were very similar. However, the Munsee were of the Delaware Confederacy and lived west of the Hudson along the Delaware River and south to what is now New Jersey.

The Mohican people lived in the woodlands with homes on both sides of the Manicanituk River, from Lake Champlain to Manhattan Island. Village homes, called wigwams (wee ku wuhm), were circular structures supported by bent saplings and covered with hides or bark. They also lived in large longhouses, sometimes one hundred feet long, with curved roofs shingled with bark. The center of each family section had a fire pit with a smoke hole.

In spring, the women planted gardens and the men in canoes speared or netted fish, which abounded. In fall, the hunted the animals of the forest. Dried meat, smoked fish, vegetables and berries were stored in pits, dug deep and lines with grass or bark. During the winter months, time was spent making and repairing a variety of life's necessities. Women fashioned clothing from animal skins, often beautifully decorated. If the food supply ran low, men hunted game on snowshoe.

In early spring, maple sap was gathered to make syrup and sugar, and the cycle of hunting, planting and gathering began again. The Mohican and Munsee people lived in harmony with the seasons, and found an abundance of all things needed to live the good life.
NOTE: The referenced "authentic replica of a Mohican village" referenced in the marker no longer exists; this is why the marker is stored inside the museum.

The marker is located inside the Arvid E. Miller Stockbridge Historical Library Museum on northbound Moh-He-Con-Nuck Road / Reservation Highway 21, just north of its intersection with Fairview Road, and 2.2 miles north of its intersection with County Road A, at N8510 Moh-He-Con-Nuck Road, Bowler, Wisconsin 54416.

The Arvid E. Miller Stockbridge Historical Library Museum boasts "new exhibits, new acquisitions, tribal historical facts and tidbits, and old photographs", and a collection of "cultural and historical artifacts from pre-contact to the Mission school eras, including the Tribe's Bible on display".
 
Arvid E. Miller Memorial Library-Museum

Arvid E. Miller Library Museum of the Mohican Nation Facebook Page 

Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians

Indian Country Wisconsin: Stockbridge-Munsee History

NOTE: In addition to the exhibits housed inside the museum, there are outdoor exhibits as well. Use the "Arvid E. Miller Stockbridge Munsee Historical Library Museum" label below to view all markers at this location; there are several.





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