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A crowd sourced project by the JKM Library in honor of Native American Heritage Month.

Help the JKM Library with our crowd sourced mapping project! In honor of Native American and Indigenous Peoples' Heritage Month, the JKM Library would like members of the Chatham community to participate in a group digital project. The goals of Whose Land Are You On? are as follows:

  • To educate the Chatham Community on which indigenous people call(ed) a territory home before colonization/removal
  • To honor those indigenous people and help stop the erasure of their presence from their land
  • To have fun documenting where we all grew up/consider home

Keep in mind that this project is not limited to tribes that exist(ed) in what is now considered the United States of America, but can and should include students and indigenous groups throughout all of the Americas. If you are from Canada, Central America, South America, the Caribbean Islands, etc., we would love for you to contribute!

We have been excitedly promoting this project since 2018, but in late 2020 we unfortunately lost 99% of the data collected over the previous two years. If you have contributed to this map in the past, we encourage you to re-add your data to help us rebuild.

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JKM Library Books

Here's a preview of some of the books by and about Native Americans and the indigenous people of the Americas. Ask a librarian for more recommendations or stop by the library's book display later this month!

How does it work?

Step One: Learn whose land you grew up on. Look up the city/town where you grew up using and hover your mouse over the map. You should see the name of the tribe/indigenous people who call(ed) that land home.

Step Two: Add to our map! Visit our Whose Land map (it helps to open this in a new window). This is our crowd sourced map that you will add your location to. IMPORTANT: DO NOT ADD A NEW LAYER OR DELETE ANY LAYERS IN THIS MAP. Do not touch the layers at all. In the search bar at the top of the page, search for the city or town you grew up in just like you did in Native Land. A pin should pop up on the map. You'll see in the box some gray text that reads "+ Add to map". Click on it to add your pinned location to the map!

Step Three: Edit your pin. Now that your pin is added, you need to edit it to include the tribal information you saw on Native Land for that location. To do this, select the pencil icon at the bottom of your new pin's info box. Now, in the title, simply add a dash after the city or town and include one of the multiple names that appeared on Native Land (Ex: "Ithaca" becomes "Ithaca - Cayuga"). In the description, feel free to add the additional names listed on Native Lands so all are included for others to see. 



Step Four: Save! Make sure to hit save when you're done. Thank you for contributing to our map! Visit again to see on whose land fellow members of the Chatham community grew up!

Step Five: Learn more. Native Land includes additional resources on the various groups of Native American and indigenous people it includes in their map. You can easily access this information when you are doing your location search. Take a moment to read up on the native people who live/lived in your area!

What if someone has already added a pin for your location? You don't need to add a second pin, but if you would like to add one feel free. You can also double check that their pin is correct. And you can still enjoy using Native Land to look up information about the native people from your area!

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