Have you seen the Indigenous map of your family's ancestral lands?

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I've just today heard about a remarkable interactive website, Native Land, that shows indigenous geographies across the USA, Canada, Australia, and beyond.  This map does not claim to be perfect, and includes a pop-up screen with disclaimer stating:

 "This map does not represent or intend to represent official or legal boundaries of any Indigenous nations.  To learn about definitive boundaries, contact the nations in question.  Also, this map isn't perfect--it's a work in progress with tons of contributions from the community.  Please send us fixes if you find errors.  If you would like to read more about the ideas behind Native Land or where it's going, check out the blog.  You can also see the roadmap." 

What's exciting to many people is that for centuries, indigenous peoples have been left out of maps by colonizers--and Native Land does the opposite, stripping away country borders to better highlight the stunning layout of indigenous territories.  

When you visit Native Land, you can enter a zip code or address in the site's search bar to learn which indigenous territory was originally there. I found out by typing in the address of my childhood home that I grew up on Nisenan land, by peoples speaking the Nisenan language--a language I've never until today heard of.  The original inhabitants at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue were the Pamunkey and Piscataway peoples; the Statue of Liberty was erected on Lenape land.  

Native Land

in The Tree House by Cynthia Larson G2G6 Pilot (182k points)
Super cool, thank you for sharing Cynthia!

1 Answer

+1 vote

I added it as the Alternate Tribal Map on the US Historical Place Names spreadsheet located HERE

Good find Cynthia. You may also be interested in Interactive County Borders on that sheet.

by Steven Tibbetts G2G6 Pilot (416k points)

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