Ke-Chunk Village

Kečąk: We Once Lived Here | The Ho-Chunk At Ke-Chunk Village

At the confluence of Turtle Creek and the Rock River, from about 1822-1832, there was a very large Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) settlement called Ke-Chunk (Kečąk) or Turtle Village.  

If you’ve landed here, it is likely because you found this page using the QR code on the Ke-Chunk Interpretive sign at Nature At The Confluence in South Beloit, IL. If you landed here from a search on the internet, you can read the text of this interpretive sign by clicking here. You can learn more about Ke-Chunk (pronounced kay-chunk) Village and the Ho-Chunk people in the links below.


The Ho-Chunk, also known as Hoocąągra or Winnebago, are a Siouan-speaking Native American people whose historic territory includes parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois. Today, Ho-Chunk people are enrolled in two federally recognized tribes, the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.  – From Wikipedia


  • Pioneer Beloit – 1830-1839, Arthur L. Luebke, 1985 – Available at Nature At The Confluence and Beloit Historical Society.
  • Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition, 1996 by Sally Hunter
  • People of the Big Voice: Photographs of Ho-chunk Families by Charles Van Schaick, 1879-1942, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2011

Historical Papers and Other Resources