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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/called it home before being pushed out
- 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!
Native Land is a tool created by Victor G Temprano and his company Mapster. While this tool is very interesting and helpful, it is important to note that it is not an authority on the topic. It is constantly being refined, added to, and improved. It's true purpose is advocacy and general education.
My Maps is a free tool by Google that allows users to harness the power of Google Maps for projects such as this!
My Maps Help
Need help with My Maps? Here's their support site!
National atlas. Indian tribes, cultures & languages : [United States]
Early Indian tribes, culture areas, and linguistic stocks. In lower left margin: National atlas of the United States of America, Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA 22092. Text and map "Indian tribes, cultures & languages" Alaska on verso. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.
Invasion of America Interactive Map
From the site: "Between 1776 and 1887, the United States seized over 1.5 billion acres from America's indigenous people by treaty and executive order. Explore how in this interactive map of every Native American land cession during that period."
This Land Podcast
A true crime podcast that becomes so much more, from Crooked Media. From the site: "An 1839 assassination of a Cherokee leader and a 1999 murder case – two crimes nearly two centuries apart provide the backbone to an upcoming 2019 Supreme Court decision that will determine the fate of five tribes and nearly half the land in Oklahoma."
Native American Heritage Month
This is the Library of Congress' website concerning Native American Heritage Month, including resources, collections, and exhibits to help further your education and understanding around Native American cultures, heritage, and history
First Nations Recommended Reading
The staff members of First Nations Development Institute have compiled a list of what they consider to be essential reading for anyone interested in the Native American experience. Certain entries on the list are boldfaced, indicating that the employees of First Nations consider them to be “a good place to start.”
American Indians in Children's Literature - Blog
Started by academic Debbie Reese (tribally enrolled at Nambe Owingeh), this website and blog takes a deep dive into children's and young adult literature from a Native perspective. Reese features native authors and analyzes Native characters. She is an active and authoritative voice, always seeking to educate non-Natives and advocate for Native populations in literature, especially literature aimed at children. Also, she's just amazing and her blog is a delight to read!
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!
Crazy Brave by
Publication Date: 2013-07-29
New Poets of Native Nations by
Publication Date: 2018-07-10
There There by
Publication Date: 2018-06-05
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by
Publication Date: 2014-09-16
She Had Some Horses by
Publication Date: 2008-12-17
Ceremony by The great Native American Novel of a battered veteran returning home to heal his mind and spirit. More than thirty-five years since its original publication, Ceremony remains one of the most profound and moving works of Native American literature, a novel that is itself a ceremony of healing. Tayo, a World War II veteran of mixed ancestry, returns to the Laguna Pueblo Reservation. He is deeply scarred by his experience as a prisoner of the Japanese and further wounded by the rejection he encounters from his people. Only by immersing himself in the Indian past can he begin to regain the peace that was taken from him.
Call Number: 813.54 Si55sc
Publication Date: 2006-12-26
The Round House by The Round House won the National Book Award for fiction. One of the most revered novelists of our time--a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life--Louise Erdrich transports readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.
Call Number: 813 Er29R
Publication Date: 2013-09-24
The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen by James Beard Award Winner, Best American Cookbook. Named one of the Best Cookbooks of 2017 by NPR, The Village Voice, Smithsonian Magazine, UPROXX, New York Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, St. Paul Magazine and others. Here is real food--our indigenous American fruits and vegetables, the wild and foraged ingredients, game and fish. Locally sourced, seasonal, "clean" ingredients and nose-to-tail cooking are nothing new to Sean Sherman, the Oglala Lakota chef and founder of The Sioux Chef. In his breakout book, The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen, Sherman shares his approach to creating boldly seasoned foods that are vibrant, healthful, at once elegant and easy.
Call Number: 641.59297 S567s
Publication Date: 2017-10-10
The Art of MesoAmerica by A guide to the art and architecture of ancient central America, from Mexico to Honduras. Discoveries from San Lorenzo, El Manati, Monte Alban, Tikal and Copan are included and the chapter on the enigamtic Olmecs - the putative mother culture of Mesoamerica - has been expanded.
Call Number: 709.72 M55a
Publication Date: 1996-05-01
1491 by In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492. Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who actively molded and influenced the land around them. The astonishing Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan had running water and immaculately clean streets, and was larger than any contemporary European city. Mexican cultures created corn in a specialized breeding process that it has been called man's first feat of genetic engineering. Indeed, Indians were not living lightly on the land but were landscaping and manipulating their world in ways that we are only now beginning to understand. Challenging and surprising, this a transformative new look at a rich and fascinating world we only thought we knew.
Call Number: 970.01 M3151f
Publication Date: 2006-10-10
How does it work?
Step One: Learn whose land you grew up on. Look up the city/town where you grew up using https://native-land.ca/ 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 https://tinyurl.com/whoselandchatham (it helps to open this in a new window). This is our crowd sourced map that you will add your location to. 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!