The Border / La Frontera


The Border La Frontera

“We Didn’t Cross the Border. The Border Crossed Us. No Cruzamos la Frontera. La Frontera nos Cruzaba.” Map by Jordan Engel.

For the native nations living along the US-Mexico border, the border is a barbed wire fence through their living room. Over the course of generations, they’ve formed connections on both sides of the border, and yet they’re considered foreigners and illegal immigrants in their ancestral homelands. In the O’odham language, there is no word for “state citizenship.” No human being is illegal.

In this map, the territories of the Kumeyaay, Cocopah, Quechan, Tohono O’odham, Yaqui, Tigua, and Kickapoo are shown straddling the 2,000 mile border, with the red dots along the border representing official border crossings.

Para los pueblos indígenas que viven por la frontera entre los Estados Unidos y México, la frontera es una pared en medio de su sala. Por generaciones, han formado conexiones en los dos lados de la frontera, y sin embargo se los consideran extranjeros y inmigrantes ilegales en su propia patria. En la lengua O’odham, no hay una palabra para “ciudadanía estatal”. Ningún ser humano es ilegal.

En este mapa, los puntos rojos representan los cruces fronterizos oficiales. Muestra los territorios de los Kumiai, Cucapá, Quechan, Tohono O’odham, Yaqui, Tigua, y Kikapú.

Kurdistan in Kurdish

Kurdistan Map

Kurdistan is a roughly defined geo-cultural region wherein the Kurdish people form a prominent majority population. With a population of about 32 million, Kurds are the world’s largest nation without a state. They are spread across 8 countries, where the Kurds have often fought for greater recognition of their rights. At present, Kurds are largely exercising political autonomy in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) and Başûrê Kurdistanê (Iraqi Kurdistan) while continuing to battle the Islamic State.

Below is a list of place names found on this map.

English Kurdî (Kurdish)
Al-Hasakah, Syria Hesîçe
Aleppo, Syria Heleb
Ankara, Turkey Enqere
Arak, Iran Erak
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan Aşgabat
Baghdad, Iraq Bexda
Batman, Turkey Êlih
Bitlis, Turkey Bidlîs
Diyarbakır, Turkey Amed
Dohuk, Iraq Dihok
Erbil, Iraq Hewlêr
Erzurum, Turkey Erzîrom
Gaziantep, Turkey Dîlok
Kahramanmaraş, Turkey Gurgum
Kars, Turkey Qers
Kermanshah, Iran Kirmaşan
Khorramabad, Iran Xurramawe
Kirkuk, Iraq Kerkûk
Malatya, Turkey Meletî
Mardin, Turkey Mêrdîn
Mashhad, Iran Meşhed
Mosul, Iraq Mûsil
Muş, Turkey Mûş
Sanandaj, Iran Sine
Şanlıurfa, Turkey Riha
Siirt, Turkey Sêrt
Sivas, Turkey Sêwas
Sulaymaniyah, Iraq Silêmanî
Tabriz, Iran Tewrêz
Tehran, Iran Tehran
Urmia, Iran Ûrmiye
Van, Turkey Wan
Yerevan, Armenia Êrîvan
Mount Ararat Çiyayê Agirî
Armenia Ermenistan
Azerbaijan Azerbaycan
Georgia Gurcistan
Iran Îran
Iraq Îraq
Kurdistan Kurdistan
Syria Sûrî
Turkey Tirkiye
Turkmenistan Tirkmenistan
Black Sea Deryaya Reş
Caspian Sea Deryaya Qezwînê
Euphrates River Firat
Lake Urmia Gola Ûrmiyeyê
Lake Van Gola Wanê
Mediterranean Sea Deryaya Navîn
Persian Gulf Kendava Farsê
Tigris River Dîcle


Trump’s Immigration Ban: Map


Trump’s Immigration Ban Excludes Countries With Business Ties, Includes Most Countries US has Bombed in Past Year.

President Trump has signed an executive order that bans citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East from entering the United States for 90 days, according to the White House. His proposed list doesn’t include Muslim-majority countries where his Trump Organization has done business or pursued potential deals. Properties include golf courses in the United Arab Emirates and two luxury towers operating in Turkey.


US Household Carbon Footprint


How much CO2 does the average household in your community produce? See the interactive carbon footprint map from CoolClimate.

While population density contributes to relatively low household carbon footprint in the central cities of large metropolitan areas, the more extensive suburbanization in these regions contributes to an overall net increase in household carbon footprint compared to smaller metropolitan areas. Suburbs alone account for 50% of total U.S. household carbon footprint.

Source: UC Berkeley CoolClimate Network, Average Annual Household Carbon Footprint (2013).

Dakota Access Pipeline Indigenous Protest Map

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The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,134 mile long crude oil pipeline currently under construction from North Dakota to Illinois. Lakota and Dakota activists have established the Sacred Stone Camp in the path of the pipeline to halt its construction, drawing thousands of supporters from tribes across the continent.

This map shows the area around the Sacred Stone Camp with the proposed pipeline route, labelled with Lakota/Dakota place names and oriented to the South.

Map by Jordan Engel with assistance by Dakota Wind,

Íŋyaŋwakağapi Wakpá – Cannonball River “Stone-Make-For-Themselves River.”
Íŋyaŋ Wakháŋagapi Othí – Sacred Stone Camp / Cannon Ball, North Dakota
“Sacred Stone Camp.”
Íŋyaŋ Woslál Háŋ – Standing Rock Reservation.
Mníšoše – Missouri River “Turbulent Water.”
Pȟá Šuŋg Wakpána – Horsehead Creek “Horse Head Creek.”
Zuzéča Sápa – Dakota Access Pipeline “Black Snake.”

Territories of Uncontacted Tribes


Uncontacted peoples are communities who live without significant contact with globalized civilization, most often by choice. Although we commonly call them ‘uncontacted,’ a more accurate description is probably ‘voluntarily isolated’ or ‘withdrawn’ or ‘evasive.’ They live in the Amazon Rainforest, the island of New Guinea, and on India’s North Sentinel Island. Survival International reports that about one hundred groups around the world prefer to be left alone. Knowledge of the existence of these groups comes mostly from encounters with neighboring tribes and from aerial footage.

These maps won’t help anyone make ‘first contact’. But they will help to stop oil companies and loggers from invading the lands of uncontacted tribes. These maps show the territories of uncontacted tribes around the world. The territories are typically thousands of square kilometres in size, and the locations are deliberately approximate. No one should go to tribes which aren’t in regular contact with outsiders. It’s dangerous for everyone.

Learn more about the work being done to protect the tribes and their land by Survival International.


Uncontacted World

The approximate locations of uncontacted tribes around the world.

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The approximate locations of uncontacted tribes in South America.

Uncontacted New Guinea

The approximate locations of uncontacted tribes in New Guinea.

Recently Extinct Languages


Extinct languages are ones which no longer have any speakers. The languages included in this map are one which have presumably gone extinct since the 1950s.

It is estimated that, if nothing is done, half of 6000 plus languages spoken today will disappear by the end of this century. With the disappearance of unwritten and undocumented languages, humanity would lose not only a cultural wealth but also important ancestral knowledge embedded, in particular, in indigenous languages.

While language extinction is a global phenomenon, the largest concentration of recently extinct languages in the world is on the West Coast of the United States – California (22 extinct languages), Oregon (9), and Washington (7).

Source: UNESCO Interactive Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger