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1st Edition

Digital Mapping and Indigenous America

Edited By

Janet Berry Hess

ISBN 9780367272173
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
252 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Employing anthropology, field research, and humanities methodologies as well as digital cartography, and foregrounding the voices of Indigenous scholars, this text examines digital projects currently underway, and includes alternative modes of "mapping" Native American, Alaskan Native, Indigenous Hawaiian and First Nations land. The work of both established and emerging scholars addressing a range of geographic regions and cultural issues is also represented. Issues addressed include the history of maps made by Native Americans; healing and reconciliation projects related to boarding schools; language and land reclamation; Western cartographic maps created in collaboration with Indigenous nations; and digital resources that combine maps with narrative, art, and film, along with chapters on archaeology, place naming, and the digital presence of elders. 

This text is of interest to scholars working in history, cultural studies, anthropology, Native American studies, and digital cartography.

Table of Contents


Janet Berry Hess

1. Alive with Story: Mapping Indigenous Los Angeles and Carrying Our Ancestors Home

Sarah Montoya

2. Digitally Re-Presenting the Colonial Archive: Resources for Researching and Teaching the Carlisle Indian Industrial School and the Native American Boarding School Movement

Frank Vitale IV, Susan Rose, and James Gerencser

3. Access to Truth, Healing, and Justice: Digitizing the Records of U.S. Indian Boarding Schools

Christine Diindiisi McCleave, Rose Miron

4. The Indigenous Digital Archives: Access and Collaboration in the Southwest

Anna Naruta-Moya

5.Myaamiaataweenki eekincikoonihkiinki eeyoonki aapisaataweenki: A Miami Language Digital Tool for Language Reclamation

Daryl Baldwin, David J. Costa, Douglas Troy

6. A Cartographic History and Analyses of Indian-White Relations in the Great Plains

Daniel G. Cole

7. Mapping with Indigenous Peoples in Canada

D. R. Fraser Taylor

8. Early California Cultural Project: Visualizing Uncertainties within Indigenous History

Steve Hackel, Jeanette Zerneke, Natale Zappia

9. Access to Government Information and Inclusive Stewardship of North America’s Archaeological Heritage

Eric C. Kansa, Sarah Whitcher Kansa, David G. Anderson, Joshua J. Wells, Kelsey Noack Myers, Stephen Yerka

10. Finding Balance Between Development and Conservation: The O’ahu Greenprint

The Trust for Public Land

11. Native Land: Social Media Education and Community Voices

Victor Temprano

12. Mapping Indigenous American Cultures and Living Histories: A Gathering Place

Janet Berry Hess

13. William Commanda, Wampum Oral Storytelling, Digital Technology and Remapping Indigenous Presence Across North American

Romola V. Thumbadoo and D. R. Fraser Taylor

14. Mapping Names in Mohawk: Place Names and Visualizations of Indigenous Knowledge

Rebekah R. Ingram


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Janet Berry Hess, J.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Art History and Project Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities project "Mapping Indigenous Cultures and Living Resources" at Sonoma State University.