Unique Indigenous Map Displays “Our Names”

After years of researching his own Cherokee culture, and other Native American tribes, Aaron Carapella never ran across an authentic map that displayed historical tribal names before European contact.  Many maps displayed tribal names that traders,  explorers or warring tribes had given the tribes, but not how they referred to themselves.  Carapella set out to create a historically accurate map containing these names and the territories of these tribes.

The end result of Carapella's massive research is a one of a kind map that exhibits 500+ tribes in the contiguous United States. Carapella recently finished a map of the First Nations in Canada and is currently working on an indigenous map that goes “south of the border” to complete the Americas.  He hopes this map will give the younger generation pride in their culture and encourage interest in learning tribal language.

If you'd like to purchase a copy of the map for yourself, please visit Tribal Nations Map for more information and to view map details.  Prices range from $49.99 to $199.


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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

10 Comments on “Unique Indigenous Map Displays “Our Names””

  • Whome


    Not to dissuade anyone from purchasing this map but on a recent fb forum, several Natives whose tribes are listed on this map voiced inaccuracies found on this map and made suggestions for correcting them in the future.

  • Vicki Walls


    I really would love to have this map. I have saved it and bookmarked it but even enlarged I cant read the small type. Pls send me an email with any info that would help me order this map or something. It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your time and consideration. Vicki Walls

    • Aaron Carapella


      Hi Vicki!

      To purchase a map, you can go to: http://www.tribalnationsmaps.com

      You can find my contact info on the website if you have any questions.

      Thank you!


  • heather


    Agreed. It is very pixelated. Can we get a high dpi on this. I think a lot of appreciate this map and we obviously would like to celebrate this visual historic record.

  • walt greathouse


    could u do a pdf of the map.. this one isnt readable at this size

  • harvey


    It can not be read because it is for sale there for you can read the details once purchased. It says $49.99-199.00. We should have all American schools purchase them for every class room.

  • Mary McElvain


    No. I am frustrated because I can’t
    Read the map, even when I enlarged
    It, cause the words are all blurred!
    Can I order the map?

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