Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Native Tribes of America


Native Land is a Google Map of the territories and languages of the indigenous peoples of the United States and Canada. The map consists of two main layers, one showing the 'territory' of First Nation and Native American tribes and the other showing the geographical spread of indigenous languages.

The 'About' page and 'Teacher's Guide' both provide some fascinating insights into the problems faced in mapping the indigenous peoples of North America. The creator of this map even argues that maps are inherently colonial in nature. However, despite these obvious problems, the Native Land map provides a useful guide to the indigenous people's of the U.S. and Canada and also provides links to great resources on the indigenous tribes and languages.


Natives of North America is another interactive map of the Native American Nations. Obviously one of the biggest problems in mapping Native American territories is that official boundaries between the Nations did not exist and these territories were constantly shifting.

The map overcomes this by creating largely artificial boundaries for the 500 or so native peoples of North America. However the project has been open-sourced in the hope that others will create more fluid maps, which will account for movement over time and for more fluid definitions of the boundaries between the different Native American Nations.

The project's developer also hopes that the Natives of North America map will be improved to include links from each nation to information about the different Native American Nations.


The Invasion of America is a fascinating map of Native American land cession between 1776 and 1887. During this period the United States seized over 1.5 billion acres from the Native Americans.

The map includes a timeline which allows you to view how the United States grew westwards by seizing Native American land through treaties and executive orders. It is possible to search the map by individual Indian Nation. If you click on a tract on the map you can find out the Nation affected and find links to the related treaty and source map overlays.
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