This year’s theme is “Language Is Culture”.
Language is culture is a sentiment echoed throughout Indian Country. Language of course means to communicate, but also reflects our thoughts, our environment, our world view and our culture.
In Wisconsin there are three language groups represented: Siouxan, Irouioan and Algonquian by the Ho-chunk, Oneida and Ojibwe/Potawatomi/Menominee languages respectively. Each is as distinctive from one another as German, Spanish and Celtic are from one another. The languages of the tribes have also influenced place names and commonly used words like the word moose.
This year we will provide opportunities to learn about our culture through our languages.