Meskonsing—Indian Lake / Convergence #1

December 21st, 2019

Where is the beginning of the Anthropocene most visible? This essay explores the trails and vantage points around Indian Lake in Southwestern Wisconsin.

Indian Lake, the centerpiece of Indian Lake County Park, was created by retreating glaciers and is now associated with retreating Indians. As part of the Field Guides to the Anthropocene Drift series, this essay explores the trails and signange around Indian Lake that map the (colonial) Anthropocene. The signs tell stories of both geologic and settler origins. How is it possible to make sense of the juxtaposition of these seemingly incommensurable time scales?