Tah-qua-kik: Community on a Hill
The Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) was created in 1965 to work with individuals, families, communities, and governmental agencies to identify and protect important archaeological and heritage sites in Wisconsin. In 2000, citizens and elected officials from Wood County, Wisconsin contacted OSA with questions about how the proposed changes to Powers Bluff County Park would affect Tah-qua-kik, an important Native American residential and ceremonial community encompassed by the park. Elders, archaeologists, citizens and Powers Bluff enthusiasts worked to understand the history of the hill and the community of Tah-qua-kik. These efforts and the accompanying research provided the background for discussions about how the park might change and how those changes could be completed in a manner that protected the Tah-qua-kik community. They also formed the basis for preparation of a National Register nomination.
The following essay is an excerpt from the National Register nomination prepared by Robert A. Birmingham. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in June of 2002.
Tah-qua-kik: Continuity and Change at the Community on a Hill.