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Area students learn about native culture

Area students learn about native culture

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - La Crosse elementary school students are getting a hands on lesson for in local native culture.

Volunteers from the Ho-Chunk nation are helping build a Ciporoke on the playground at North Woods Elementary. Ciporoke means home in Ho-Chunk. They were invited after a teacher at the school noticed the kids dragging sticks out of the woods and building tee pees.

Not only do the students  get an authentic native home, they learn and some history to go with it.

"They have to go out and find stuff, they just don't see it and buy it," says Izabella Britten, a fourth grader at North Woods.

While the Ciporoke is only made out of sticks, Bill Quackenbush a Tribal Historic Preservation Officer at Ho-Chunk Nation say's it's made to last.

"Well the frame itself will stay up as long as you take care of it, we usually on average for 3-4 years they remain pretty sturdy," says Quackenbush.

Students from every class in the school were able to watch or help in some way.

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