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Anthropology

Contact : Jennifer Kolb

The Anthropology collection includes ethnographic and archaeological artifacts. The Native American ethnographic collection contains about 3500 objects from many North American cultural areas, primarily from the Upper Great Lakes region.

Ethnographic Collections

  • Represent Wisconsin tribes, including the Ojibwe, HoChunk, Potawatomi, Menominee, Sauk, and Fox, from the Late 1700s to the present.
  • Include objects used for hunting, fishing, food gathering and preparation, child rearing, shelter, clothing (including moccasins), personal adornment, and social identification. The collections also include religious and secular items and objects made for sale or trade.
  • Feature woven yarn and fiber bags, carved wood objects, basketry, and clothing from Native peoples.

Archaeological Collections
The Museum houses thousands of archaeological materials, mostly found or excavated at Wisconsin sites that Native Americans inhabited hundreds of years ago. Included are:

  • Nationally significant collections of stone and copper artifacts
  • The annual fieldwork activity of the Museum Archaeology Program which continues to add to the archaeological documentation of Wisconsin life.

Read more about the Society's Wisconsin archaeology program

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