Mythic Cartography from the Blackfoot Nation

The Blackfoot Nation just completed a project where, using a map of western Canada, they took out the modern names and, on consultation with elders, put in the old names of Blackfoot geography. When they were through with Bow Mountains, Elbow River, Flat Tummy Plains, and something with head and foot included, out popped a picture of Nabe the creator as a hunter. Thus, wherever they were on their land, they were also inside the creator’s body, always relating to the heart.

From, “Dialogues Between
Western and Indigenous Scientists, A Presentation for the 1993 Annual Spring Meeting of the
Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness – 4/11/93”

Written by Willem