This interactive map shows you which native land you live on. Native Land Digital is a phenomenally innovative interactive globe that demonstrates the Native lands, languages, and treaties of the planet. This project is part of a larger effort to teach people all across the world about indigenous peoples.
The map can be accessed through mobile apps for iOS and Android devices, as well as the website for Native Land Digital. In addition to that, there is a wealth of information and resources pertaining to indigenous communities that can be found on the website.
You are able to look up any address and find out which Indigenous community has a link to that particular area. For example, if you look up the address of the White House in Washington, District of Columbia, you’ll find that it’s located on territory that was originally occupied by the Nacotchtank (Anacostan) people. These people once lived there.
The globe includes information from all across the world, providing in-depth perspectives on regions such as North America, Central America, South America, Africa, Australasia, and portions of Asia.
Native Land Digital is a Canadian organization that is run by Indigenous people and does not seek to profit from its activities. Their mission is to disseminate knowledge about the rich heritage and spiritual significance of regions all over the world to as many people as possible.
They think that by doing this, they will be able to strengthen relationships between Indigenous people and individuals who are not Indigenous, as well as “right” some of the wrongs that have been done throughout history.
What we are mapping at Native Land Digital is more than simply a simple picture on a flat surface. Because the land in its entirety is revered, it is not simple to mark off sections of it in a way that clarifies who “owns” various parcels of land.
Drawing lines to demarcate these sections is also difficult. Native Land Digital emphasizes in its mission statement that in actuality, they are aware that the land is not something that should be exploited and “owned,” but rather something that should be revered and treasured.
“However, because of the complexity of history, the kind of mapping we perform is a vital exercise, insofar as it offers a knowledge of the real lived history of Indigenous peoples and nations during a lengthy age of colonization,”
Native Land Digital recognizes that its map isn’t flawless and is still a work in progress, but the company is pleased to incorporate feedback and suggestions from users into future updates.