Mapping Indiana Territory: Exploring Indigenous and Western Representations
The exhibit is free and open to the public.
As part of the Indiana University 2017 Themester, “Diversity • Difference • Otherness,” the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology is proud to open two new exhibits featuring historic 19th century maps of Indiana and the greater Ohio River Valley.
The GBL’s James H. Kellar Library contains the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley Ethnohistory (GLOVE) Collection, an assemblage of documents collected for the Indian Claims Commission, including 19th century maps depicting Native American and EuroAmerican settlement in the midcontinent. A museum exhibit in the lobby of the GBL is a collaboration with Native historians, scholars, and descendants of Native American peoples that once lived in Indiana. The exhibit juxtaposes images of examples of EuroAmerican made maps and images of Indigenous representations of the Indiana and Ohio Valley landscapes and problematize favoring western world views and ways of knowing.
On Friday, October 6th, a panel of tribal scholars, historians, and anthropologists discussed different perspectives on how “otherness” and sovereign identities of tribes for whom Indiana Territory is considered homeland have been constructed, negotiated, and deconstructed in the wake of colonial expansion.