I just stumbled on this incredible Native Land Map shared in honor of Indigenous People’s Day and — wow. What a worthwhile educational site to explore today, especially if you sit down and do it with your kids.
The map covers North America, as well as Central America, the northern part of South America, as well as Australia and New Zealand. Sort by territories, languages and treaties, and search your own location to see just who lived there first.
For example, if you’re in Connecticut, you can see that you’re in the Territory of Paugussett. Click through the link for additional educational links to Facebook pages, Wikipedia and even archived web pages, on which you’ll learn that the Golden Hill Indians of the Paugussett Nation inhabited land comprising most of Connecticut.
That’s a lot of land — at least it was, until it was taken from them, and they were granted a small 80-acre reservation in return. In 1765, they were forced to give away 68 of those acres. By 1886 all that remained was a tiny 1/4-acre plot. And as recently as 1975, the state tried to take that too — but didn’t succeed.
Which is why today, you can visit the Golden Hill Paugussett Indian Reservation in Trumbull, CT.
See how easy it is to get sucked into this map? Give it a shot. It’s an important aspect to our country’s history that really isn’t studiend nearly enough.
And be sure to check the accompanying teacher’s guide to give you some terrific questions to ask as you explore. I guarantee you and your kids will learn a lot you didn’t know.
Visit the interactive Native Land Map at native-land.ca. It’s still a work in progress, so if you see any errors or have other info, they have forms that allow you to submit it.
h/t Nyasha Junior on Twitter