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Indigenous Experience of Place

Your Place is an Indigenous Place
The resources on this page highlight the ongoing work that recognizes the Indigenous experience of place, often erased, and support Indigenous and settler descendants to work collaboratively to reaffirm and reorient perspectives on place to a more nuanced understanding that includes Indigenous peoples.

This page was created in conjunction with, "Your Place is an Indigenous Place: Using Digital Humanities to Illuminate and Assert Indigeneity of Place," presented by Iyekiyapiwin Darlene St. Clair and Melissa Kalpin Prescott at the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions.

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General Resources
Reclaiming Native Truth
An initiative designed to eradicate harmful and toxic narratives, stereotypes, structural and institutional racism, dehumanization, and the invisibility of Native Americans through research used to restore Indigenous narratives. Two main publications include Changing the Narrative About Native AmericansA Guide for Allies and A Guide for Native Peoples and Organizations.

Reporter's Indigenous Terminology Guide
A guide that promotes accurate phrasing and naming when describing Indigenous peoples and places. From the Native American Journalists Association.

Tribal Nations & the United States: An Introduction
Provides a basic overview of the history and underlying principles of tribal governance plus introductory information about tribal governments and American Indian and Alaska Native people today.
Resources for Tribal Lands and Treaties
Native Land
A resource to people to begin finding information about local Indigenous territories and languages.

Tribal Directory (NCAI)
A directory from the National Council on American Indians, searchable by region or name of tribe.

How to Find Treaties (United States)
A guide from the National Indian Law Library.  

Kappler’s Indian Affairs: Laws & Treaties (United States)
A seven-volume compilation containing U.S. treaties, laws and executive orders pertaining to Native American Indian tribes, originally compiled by Charles J. Kappler in 1904.  

Treaties (Canada)
From the Southern Chiefs' Organization, Inc.

A Geographical Perspective on the Numbered Treaties in Canada
Online presentation by Presentation by Connie Wyatt Anderson.

A History of Treaty Making in Canada
From Indigenous and North Affairs Canada

Indigenous Peoples in Africa
From Oxford Research Encyclopedias

List of Indigenous Peoples (Wikipedia)
Browse by continent and region.
Counter Mapping

A:shiwi A:wan Ulohnanne – The Zuni World 
A Zuni mapping project "intended to help bring indigenous narratives back to the land" through "maps that evoke the Zuni's sense of place, which prioristies storytelling and shared knowledge over plots and boundaries." For a video description of this project, click here.
Digital Humanities Projects
Native SCSU
Highlights the Native history and affirms the ongoing connection of Native peoples to St. Cloud State University, the city of St. Cloud, and the surrounding community.  

First Story Toronto
An online and mobile app that maps the Indigenous heritage and community of Toronto. 

Makȟóčhe Wašté (The Beautiful Country): A Lakota Landscape Map
A mapping project that centers the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ perspective of the Great Plains. 
Mapping Indigenous LA
A storymapping project that highlights the layered histories of original and relocated Inidigenous peoples of LA. 

The Decolonial Atlas
A growing collection of maps that "help us to challenge our relationships with the land, people, and state.

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