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Writing About Cultural Themes


Cultural Themes



For homework this weekend, on loose-leaf paper, write one or more sentences about  some of the following themes as they apply to what you have learned about Dane County culture.


Write at least 2 pages, and write for at least 35 minutes.


You might want to look at the list on the other side for ideas; you may also include your own family cultural expressions. For each theme, write about more than one person or place we visited.


For example, on the theme of community, you could include the Black Earth Volunteer Fire Department, Hmong ceremonies, Syttende Mai in Stoughton, Jimmy the Groundhog in Sun Prairie, the Rockdale dam, Ron’s Mazomanie stories, the Cambodian Buddhist temple, and the trolls of Mt. Horeb. You could also focus on a single community like Deerfield or Bayview.




arts (& crafts)

ethnic groups


traditions & history



land & farming

skills & knowledge







Farmers Market

Bayview--needlework, foodways, ceremonies, music, shamanism

Willi & Mary Lehner

Richard Davis

Forest Hill Cemetery

cheese factory

Mazomanie historical buildings

chapel at Indian lake

tea party at Schumacher Farms

heritage seeds




well drillers

Angell Park

Sun Prairie fire department

Colonial Club

Jimmy the Groundhog

Kids 4

tobacco farm


meeting with Deerfield students

Lenny Anderson stories

Marvin Dorshort auctioneer

Holy Notes

Rockdale Dam

bank rosemaling

Syttende Mai

Doug Pfundheller stories

Opera House

Carol Sklaven hardanger lace

Helen Johnson rosemaling

Sons of Norway

spinach farm

hog farrowing

volunteer fire department

Ron Poast hardanger fiddle

Mike Danz stories

Spud--butcher interview

butcher shop tour

sign painter

Wally Keller sculptures


Schubert's bakery & kitchen


Sportsman's club--hunting

Union Coop

livestock auction

Buddhist temple