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Using Historical Maps to Tell the Story of Indian-White Relations in the Great Plains

Authors: Daniel Cole*, Smithsonian Institution
Topics: Indigenous Peoples, Cartography, Historical Geography
Keywords: Indigenous America, cartography, historical geography
Session Type: Paper
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This is an historical cartographic analysis of Indian-EuroAmerican relations in the Great Plains. I will explore threefold the roles of government, academic, and Indigenous mapping, and bring them together with some findings concerning Native American land tenure, population and related activities. As can be seen, the historic and contemporary cartography has included, albeit selectively at times, spatial data on American Indian territories, land claims, villages, and populations, most of which required information from Native cartographers and other Indigenous informants. All of these issues are involved in the affairs of Indians in our country and will be discussed to analyze the ongoing spatial activities across the dynamic landscape within the Great Plains of Native America.

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