Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
1725 State Street
LaCrosse, WI 54601
(608) 785-6474 (fax)
In this investigation students will study the wickiup, a type of shelter used by the Meskwaki and other Native American people living throughout the upper Midwest and western Great Lakes region at the time of European contact. The word wickiup comes from the Algonquian word wi kiy bi or wi·kiya·pi meaning lodge or house. The lesson will introduce the circular, domed, pole-and-mat-or bark-covered winter home of the Meskwaki called the A-ba-ge-ka-ni (ah bah GWAY KAH nee).
It includes archaeologists’ interpretations of the Midwestern Wickiup site and details about the artifacts found. Quadrant maps from the archaeological site are provided for students to study and use.
Mr. Johnathan Buffalo, a member of the Meskwaki, guides students through the investigation. Through archaeology students discover artifacts left behind and how artifacts assist archaeologists in understanding the lifeways of the site’s residents. Students learn about the importance of archaeological sites such as the Midwestern Wickiup today.
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ARCHAEOLOGY CENTER
Wisconsin Project Archaeology, located at Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center (MVAC) at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (UW-L), will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014! MVAC provides a variety of ways for teachers, precollegiate students and the public to become involved in archaeology including:
- MVAC hosts a variety of events throughout the year – lectures, field activities, youth classes, and an artifact show. Check out our events page.
- MVAC assists local teachers in bringing archaeology to their students through classroom presentations, field trips, and resource rentals (Educator Resources)
- MVAC’s website www.mvac.uwlax.edu/ provides information on the process of archaeology, the pre-European people of the area, local sites and information specifically for teachers such as lesson plans, FAQs, and a glossary.
- MVAC’s Facebook page provides timely information about local archaeology and upcoming activities.