Toward a bridge between GIS and Wild Rice: Exploring connections and tensions between settler colonial geographies of food and GIS data

Authors: Parvathy Binoy*, Florida State University
Topics: Geographic Theory, Human-Environment Geography, Indigenous Peoples
Keywords: GIS; Settler Colonialism; Knowledge
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2020
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Plaza Court 8, Sheraton, Concourse Level
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My paper explores the interconnections between GIS knowledges and settler colonial geographies of wild rice in Minnesota. Specifically, I look at some of the ways in which geographers, particularly scholars of settler colonialism and that of GIS have explored interconnections and tensions between different ways of knowledge production, archival and interactions with the state. The purpose of this paper is not only a literature review but to ask what tensions might be underexplored by this debate, and what might be possibilities, methodological and theoretical, of building bridges between GIS knowledges of the Fondu Lac and surrounding regions and native american (particularly Ojibwe, but also many other nations) knowledges, traditions and wisdom about the region, its water-sheds and the wild rice that grows from that earth. I draw from STS in geography, but also from critical race, Black and indigenous geographies, along with amazing new work in feminist technological studies, to bring to light some of these questions.

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