Maps: Native Americans

Continuing my interest in maps, I found these three, which compare the locations of native North American tribes before settlers arrived with where they are living today.
(The maps can be enlarged by clicking on them)

A map designed by Native North Americans themsleves, depicting their history.

A more modern map, showing a European view of tribal locations in America and Canada at the time of the arrival of foreign settlers.

This map shows the current dispersal of Native Americans in modern-day USA.

34 thoughts on “Maps: Native Americans

  1. The tribal nations map is most interesting. I know that spot in Oregon with a large Native American population. There are many changes, and not all for the good of the people.

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  2. Greed, throughout history around the globe, has been a horrible motivator for conquest and the associated cultures that were conquered in the name of progress suffered greatly. Apparently, it continues as of this day.


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  3. In Missouri, the Osage tribe is very well known.
    Wikipedia: The 19th-century painter George Catlin described the Osage as “the tallest race of men in North America, either red or white skins; there being … many of them six and a half, and others seven feet.”
    Also, on the shores of the Lake of the Ozarks…
    Wikipedia: Osage Beach is a city in Camden and Miller counties in the U.S. state of Missouri.

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      1. Wikipedia: The county was organized on January 29, 1841, as Kinderhook County and renamed Camden County in 1843 after Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom and leader of the British Whig Party.

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      1. Sam laughs at me because I have the satnav and any map in what he calls ‘girl mode’ – that is, facing the way I’m going. Funnily enough my youngest son is the same – he’s got no sense of direction either.

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  4. So much wisdom and knowledge of the natural world was lost when the native Americans were swept aside. I am following a brilliant series of books called “Bone Rattler” by Eliot Pattison which recounts a story set in Colonial times. I highly recommend it.

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  5. Canada signed many treaties with the indigenous populations, most, as you might guess, were beneficial to the Europeans. The government over the last decade has been attempting to compensate by transferring urban lands for the creation of economic zones, and these are usually shared by several groups. There are bills in the works for self government. The government also acknowledges during meetings/events that they are on ancestral homelands. It’s a start, but as the map shows, we have a long way to go and restitution will be ongoing and will never be adequate.

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