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.”
Canada, like the U.S.A., has a lot of work to do in the area of indigenous rights and restoration of sovereignty. Understanding the effects of colonialism is a necessary, uncomfortable step in the process.