Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Land Called Home: A Visualization of the Migration of Native American Tribes in the United States

Jessica Enyioha, Environmental Studies Interdisciplinary Program

Is Native America dissolving? This project maps Native American tribes throughout the United States and their recent migratory patterns. Utilizing 2010, 2000, and 1990 U.S. Census data, maps of recognized tribes are created for the United States. Each set of data is illustrated within three maps that display tribes’ migration and tribes who remained in the same area since 1990. The maps also indicate each tribe’s population fluctuated in thirty years’ time. By comparing the geographical locations of Native Americans over the course of three decades, migratory patterns are revealed. A comparison of these maps address questions of how Native American tribes have been able to practice their culture and honor their sacred spaces outside of their home lands.

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