Winnebago Tribe launches HoChunk Vocab Builder

Winnebago elders Herman Brown Jr. (top) and Warner Earth (bottom) participated in the HoChunk Vocab Builder app release party, playing games and teaching the language.

Winnebago elders Herman Brown Jr. (top, right) and Warner Earth (bottom, right) participated in the HoChunk Vocab Builder app release party, playing games and teaching the language.

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska in November launched the HoChunk Vocab Builder, a new language vocabulary app for both Android and iOS devices that has already been downloaded nearly 400 times. The free app includes 40 categories of HoChunk words and phrases, complete with audio, as well as and HoChunk-to-English and English-to-HoChunk word match quizzes.

The app was released with fanfare at a launch event at the Blackhawk Community Center in downtown Winnebago. Guests learned how to download and use the app,  played language learning games, enjoyed a community feed and took snaps in a selfie photo booth.

“The Winnebago are seeing that the use of digital tools can be used to enhance our revitalization efforts,” said Lewis “Bleu” St. Cyr, director of the Winnebago Tribe’s HoChunk Renaissance Program. “Our staff here at the Renaissance Program are creative, innovative individuals and their contributions and ideas are helping retain and grow the tribal community’s interest in the HoChunk language.”