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Mapping Indigenous Place Names (Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail Webinar Series)
Mapping Indigenous Place Names
Native Americans have strong ties to their ancestral lands and have their own names for important places and landmarks, names which were then ignored or erased by colonizers. Today, many tribes are reclaiming their original Indigenous place names and returning them to the maps. These maps can be a strong tool for tribal planners, aiding in the preservation and protection of cultural history, events, heritage and legacies.

A partnership between AIANTA and the National Park Service will result in a guide of tribes located along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and the tribal and Native attractions found along the route. To accompany the guide, cartographer Margaret Pearce (Citizen Potawatomi Nation) is creating a one-of-a-kind map showcasing traditional Indigenous place names, tribal lands and sites of cultural and historic significance along the Trail.

In this webinar, Margaret is joined by Carol Dana, language master for Penobscot Nation. Margaret and Carol will talk about Indigenous place names from the perspective of a mapmaker and a language teacher. They will discuss how place names have figured in their projects, consider the role of protocols and permissions, explore how to restore names to their corrected forms and meanings, and weigh in with advice for others interested in starting their own place names projects.

Apr 13, 2021 10:00 AM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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