Storytellers from each of 11 sovereign nations located in Wisconsin — and one nation whose sovereign status is no longer recognized by the federal government — share the unique histories of their people and communities in WPT’s original Tribal Histories documentaries.
The three newest programs from the series — featuring the Red Cliff Ojibwe, Lac Du Flambeau Ojibwe and Brothertown tribes — air on WPT this month, with the first episode premiering this Thursday. All episodes are also streaming online now.
- 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15: Red Cliff Ojibwe History. Watch online now.
On the shore of Lake Superior, tribal elder Marvin DeFoe and tribal member Andrew Gokee share the oral tradition of the Red Cliff Ojibwe.
- 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22: Lac Du Flambeau Ojibwe History. Watch online now. On the bank of Crawling Stone Lake, tribal elder Ernie St. Germaine shares the oral tradition of the Lac Du Flambeau Ojibwe.
- 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29: Brothertown History. Watch online now. On the shore of Lake Winnebago, tribal elder Joan Schadewald shares the oral tradition of the Brothertown Indian Nation.
Recorded in the beautiful natural settings of the regions that native people have called home for centuries, the programs feature rich retellings of the challenges, triumphs and time-honored traditions that have shaped their vibrant communities across generations.
WPT’s Tribal Histories project is part of Wisconsin’s Act 31 Initiative to provide educational material about American Indians in Wisconsin to the state’s schools of education and K-12 teachers. Educational resources are available online at wisconsinact31.org.
Support for Tribal Histories is provided by Irene Daniell Kress, the Francis A. and Georgia F. Ariens Fund of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, the Evjue Foundation, Ron and Patty Anderson, the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment, Timothy William Trout Education Fund, the Wisconsin History Fund supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities; and Friends of Wisconsin Public Television.