Indigenous Geography

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has an opportunity that your tribe or community may be interested in. The museum is commissioning tribes from across the Americas to create educational materials teachers can use to educate their students about indigenous communities.

The program, entitled “Indigenous Geography,” relies on representatives from tribes and indigenous communities to design age-appropriate lesson plans for students. These lessons will encourage young people to explore questions about our place in the world and our relationships with others while giving them an appreciation for some of the unique and vibrant indigenous communities in the Americas today.

The materials are presented in English and Spanish, and there is a glossary with selected Indigenous words and phrases.

For more information about the program, see NMAI’s Indigenous Geography Survey website here. A list of tribes and communities that have participated so far is below.

On the Site

  • Kawésqar Community
    Punta Arenas and Puerto Edén, Chile
  • Na– Po‘e o Ha–na
    Maui, Hawai‘i
  • Native Village of Akhiok
    Kodiak Island, Alaska
  • Q’eqchi’ Maya
    Tampur, Guatemala
  • Supawlavi Village, Hopi Nation
    Arizona
  • Wolastoqewiyik
    New Brunswick, Canada
  • Gaasagaskwaajimekaag
    Leech Lake, Minnesota

In Progress

  • Urban community of New York City
    New York, NY
  • Cañari community
    Cañar, Ecuador
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One Response to Indigenous Geography

  1. Holly YoungBear-Tibbetts says:

    Excellent! Indigenous Geography is a suitable platform for education about the political, cultural, and historic geographies of native nations as well as for the natural and built landscapes of the global indigenous community.

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