The mission of the Kwewag Indigenous Culture Church (KICC) is to “teach the world a new (yet very old) way to live, in harmony with our planet and each other, guided by our ancestors, spiritual connection to everything, and the descendants who carry these long-cherished secrets.”
“I work through spirit,” Dawn Moneyhan, the president, manager, and chief clergy of the KICC, tells Madison365. “Or I should say, spirit works through me.”
For the past several years, Moneyhan, a middle-aged Indigenous woman born and raised in Wisconsin, and her husband were doing living history events around the Wisconsin area. They found a group of people in Ashippun, a small town in Dodge County northwest of Milwaukee, who’d been doing this work for decades and joined them along for the ride. It came out of a deep desire to genuinely connect with their culture after seeing it too often forgotten or commercialized and commodified without true respect and reverence for the people and the histories involved.