“It’s time to assert that we have the knowledge of place & challenge the idea of what maps are about.” I heard these words on this video clip   about one Zuni Native American’s efforts to challenge understandings of the world around him by “countermapping” the land on which his family has lived for years.

Hope my Antebellum America class is encouraged by his process as they will be doing something similar with their map making project. 1584 Map of Spanish La Florida 2

I am doing something similar, too, with my rethinking of what the Florida peninsula and Miami look like with the triumphs and trials of oppressed groups in view since European contact through and beyond the rise of the University of Miami football program.Spanish_Florida_Map_1803

There are many ways to organize knowledge with maps. I am passionate about telling a story about “place” with this tool in view.


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