The Decolonial Atlas is a growing collection of maps which, in some way, help us to challenge and re-imagine our relationships with the land, people, and state. It’s based on the premise that cartography is not as objective as we’re made to believe. The orientation of a map, its projection, the presence of political borders, which features are included or excluded, and the language used to label a map are all subject to the map-maker’s bias – whether deliberate or not. Because decolonization is a process of unlearning and rediscovering, we’re especially committed to indigenous language revitalization through toponymy – the use of place names.
Founded in 2014 by Jordan Engel, the Decolonial Atlas is a volunteer-run project. Our original content is offered for free, and you’re encouraged to download and print our maps to share with your community.