Indigenous peoples, in Oregon and beyond, are decolonizing maps | OPB

Decolonizing isn’t just changing the labels on our maps. It’s reorienting what maps are based on, what purposes they serve.

‘Maps can tell the tribal story, not just that of the conquerors.’

Unlike nomadic or sedentary Indigenous tribes, Harrelson explained that many tribes in Oregon lived the seasonal round.

“The seasonal round is essentially: Each tribal group had a winter storehouse and then they would go to different areas when resources were ready,” Harrelson said. “They would travel to those locations, have temporary encampments, process their food and their goods, and then bring them back to their winter lodges, where they would spend all winter.”


He woke up, blinking the eternal sleep out of his eyes. His blurry, sleep-addled vision took them in, flickering candle light casting erratic shadows.

“What.” he croaked. He saw the confused looks on their faces. “Ah. It’s October again, isn’t it? Who were you after?”

“We were calling on the spirit of…” one of them started.

“You mispronounced it. I’m Sam Hane. Leave me alone.”

As he faded out he heard one of them say, “I told you you were saying Samhain wrong!”

Americans are becoming climate migrants before our eyes | Climate change | The Guardian

Climate change is already creating climate refugees and some of them are us. And more will be in the future.