The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Utah holds an annual
Brown Bag Lecture series as part of its Summer Nahuatl Language and Culture Intensive Program. In an effort to create a network of indigenous studies scholars, CLAS organizes weekly
Brown Bag Talks with a variety of speakers ranging from the program’s Nahuatl program
instructors, U of U faculty, external academics, as well as participating students.
Hoocąk in Teejóp: Honoring Indigenous Place Names Through Cartography
This presentation uses a story map created in collaboration with the UW-Madison Nelson
Institute and the Ho-Chunk Nation to outline three methods for honoring Indigenous
language, place names, and histories through cartography. Using these methods, the
map we have created explores both the Ho-Chunk Nation’s history as a sovereign nation
in what is now known as Wisconsin, and the Ho-Chunk oral histories surrounding the
creation of Teejóp (the four lakes or greater Madison, WI area).
Megan Binkley is a graduate student in the Archaeology PhD program at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison, under the supervision of Dr. Sarah Clayton and Dr. J. Mark Kenoyer.
Megan’s research interests include Mesoamerican archaeology during the Classic Period
(AD 250-AD 900), archaeological cartography, ethnoarchaeology, and developing archaeometric
methods for accessing perishable craft industries in societies lacking ethnohistoric
records. Megan is currently collaborating with the Ho-Chunk Nation, the UW-Madison
Nelson Institute, and the UW-Madison Biotechnology Lab to map ancient Ho-Chunk travel
routes and develop chemical analysis methods for detecting dye and colorant residues
in archaeological ceramics.