Critical Cartography

Mapping Peoples

3511.2 - -hóhta’hané: Mapping Genocide & Restorative Justice In Native America

Monday, July 3
1:50 PM - 2:10 PM
Location: Hoover

This paper explores critical decolonial cartography as a possible language for communicating and better understanding complex, intergenerational experiences of genocide and colonialism among Native American peoples. Utilizing a self-reflexive methodology, this work makes interventions in Native American and indigenous studies, comparative genocide studies, historiography, and geography to argue for more expansive languages with which to grapple with Native experiences of genocide. In so doing, this paper also asserts the need for indigenous narrative self-determination, development of decolonial epistemologies and praxes on genocide, and languages for violence that are specifically designed to facilitate dialogue on healing. For that reason, this work not only positions cartography and maps as a particularly useful language for understanding indigenous experiences of genocide, but documents the development of this language, with the intent of supporting and guiding others in creating alternative languages that best fit their nation, community, family, and selves. Finally, the larger aim of this work is to make the case for languages on genocide that heal, rather than re-traumatize, and give a more holistic understanding of the ways in which genocide ‘takes place’ spatially and temporally, with the hope of creating a larger, more inclusive, less violent space for imagining and crafting restorative justice.

Annita S. Lucchesi

Blackfeet Community College

Annita Lucchesi is currently a Liberal Arts faculty member at Blackfeet Community College. She holds a BA in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley, and a MA in American Studies from Washington State University. Her work addresses development of decolonial cartographic praxes, and the use of cartography in comparative genocide studies and community dialogue on restorative justice. She is Southern Cheyenne, and comes from the band of Cheyennes that made northern Colorado and southern Wyoming their home. Her Indian name is Hetoevehotohke'e, which translates to Evening Star Woman.


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Daniel G. Cole

Geographic Information Systems Coordinator & Chief Cartographer
Smithsonian Institution

Daniel G. Cole is the GIS Coordinator and Chief Cartographer of the Smithsonian Institution (SI). He has worked in this position since 1990, and since 1986 has served as the research cartographer at SI. He co-edited, with the late Imre Sutton, Mapping Native America: Cartographic Interactions between Indigenous Peoples, Government and Academia, 3 vols., 2014. He has designed and created maps for multiple exhibits at the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of the American Indian. He also serves as GIS, cartographic and GPS consultant to other scientists, exhibit staff and illustrators within SI. From June 2009 to June 2010, he was president of the Canadian Cartographic Association; and he is now the vice-president of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society, and will become the president-elect in the spring of 2017.


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