Interactive Map Depicts Which Indigenous Lands You Live On

The Smithsonian Magazine published an article highlighting an interactive map that depicts which Indigenous Lands you live on. On the map, users can type in their city, state, or zip code into the search bar to see which Indigenous communities resided there. The map also includes an option to apply territories, languages, and treaties and also provides links to related readings.

Victor Temprano is the creator of the map, which is now overseen by Native Land Digital, an Indigenous-led nonprofit. Since 2015, Native Land Digital has helped people discover more about the history behind the spaces they inhabit. The group focuses on improving Indigenous and non-Indigenous people’s relationship with the lands around them. Their mission is to “create and foster conversations about the history of colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing, and settler-Indigenous relations, through educational resources” such as their map and Territory Acknowledgement Guide. Native Land Digital strives to go beyond the “old ways” of discussing Indigenous people and develop a “platform where Indigenous communities can represent themselves and their histories on their own terms.”

The map can be accessed via Native Land Digital’s website or downloaded as a mobile app.