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.

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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

 

Lakota Territory

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This map shows Lakota Territory as defined by the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie between the United States government and the Lakota in relation to the rest of North America, or Khéya Wíta, meaning “Turtle Island” in Lakota.

Khéya Wíta – North America (Turtle Island)
Osní Makȟóčhe – Alaska (Cold Land)
Uŋčíyapi Makȟóčhe – Canada (Grandmother’s [Queen Victoria’s] Land)
Lakȟóta Makȟóčhe – Lakota Country (Lakota’s Land)
Mílahaŋska Tȟamákȟočhe‎ – The United States of America (Long Knives’ Land)
Spaóla Makȟóčhe‎ – Mexico (Mexican’s Land)
Tȟuŋkášila Othí – Washington DC (Grandfather [The President] Dwelling)
Spaóla Otȟúŋwahe – Mexico City (Mexican’s City)

* Note on the compass – South is oriented at the top, a Lakota custom according to Dakȟóta Tȟaté from the Standing Rock Reservation. In this medicine wheel, North is represented as white. This is how Darrell Red Cloud, an Oglala Lakota friend of mine, designates the colors on the wheel, but he says that other medicine men may do it differently.

Map by Jordan Engel

Trump’s Immigration Ban: Map

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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.

Sources:
http://blogs.cfr.org/zenko/2017/01/05/bombs-dropped-in-2016/

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2017-trump-immigration-ban-conflict-of-interest/

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, thefirstscout.blogspot.com.

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.”

World Map in Cherokee

 

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ᎡᎶᎯ (Earth) in ᏣᎳᎩ (Cherokee), by Jordan Engel

ᏓᎶᏂᎦᏍᏛ – Asia
ᎬᎿᎦᏍᏛ – Africa
ᏧᏴᏢ ᎠᎹᏰᏟ – North America
ᏧᎦᎾᏮ ᎠᎹᏰᏟ – South America
ᏧᏁᏍᏓᎸ – Antarctica
ᏳᎳᏛ – Europe
ᎡᎳᏗᏜ – Australia
ᎢᏤᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎦᏙᎯ – Greenland
ᏭᏕᎵᏴ ᎠᎺᏉᎯ – Pacific Ocean
ᏗᎧᎸᎬ ᎠᎺᏉᎯ – Atlantic Ocean
ᎠᏴᏫᏯ ᎠᎺᏉᎯ – Indian Ocean
ᎤᎦᎾᏭ ᎢᏗᏢ ᎠᎺᏉᎯ – Southern Ocean
ᏧᏴᏢ ᎠᎺᏉᎯ.- Arctic Ocean

Blank Maps – Make Your Own!

Do you have an idea for a map that you want to share with the world? Now is your chance. We hope that these maps will help to facilitate participatory mapping – cartography which represents the agenda of the community by depicting local knowledge and information. Rotate the map to fit your preferred orientation. Add any features you want. If you want to, send your maps back to us at decolonialatlas@gmail.com so we can see what you did!

These maps depict only the coastlines of the world. Other than that, they are blank slates. No countries. No artificial borders. They use the Eckert IV projection, which was created in 1906 by Max Eckert. Aside from being known as the founder of cartography as an academic discipline, Eckert was unfortunately also a Nazi supporter. The Eckert IV is an equal-area projection which is widely used for thematic maps of the world because it distorts the polar regions less than other equal-area projections, such as the famous Gall-Peters projection.

Eckert IV Atlantic

Eckert IV projection with the central meridian set at 0° (Atlantic-centered)

Eckert IV Pacific

Eckert IV projection with the central meridian set at 155° (Pacific-centered)