“People of the Big Voice” tells the visual history of Ho-Chunk families at the turn of the 20th century and beyond as depicted through the lens of Black River Falls studio photographer Charles Van Schaick. The family relationships among those who sat for the photographer are clearly visible in these images. Sisters, friends, families, and young couples appear and reappear, fleshing out a narrative of the period, from 1879 to 1942, referred to as “the dark ages” in Indian tribal history.
Following introductory essays from three of the authors are more than 300 beautifully detailed duotone photographs. Unique to the project are captions that identify over 90 percent of the individuals pictured – made possible by the continuing efforts of tribal members and genealogists. A significant contribution to the history of Native peoples, “People of the Big Voice” is a breathtaking portrayal of a resilient community whose story continues today.
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Note: This book meets and exceeds the requirements of the Wisconsin American Indian Education Act (Act 31).