Jim Enote, a traditional Zuni farmer and director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in New Mexico shares why he looks at maps differently. Rather than seeing property lines and roads, he views maps as a way to describe the culture and spiritual story of his people. View the video to see the "countermaps" created by Zuni artists to share their vision of their ancestral lands.


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  • SAM

    Reminding me my childhood days where I used to walk to the field close to my village, my mother used to ask me to mind the little goat and collect grass for the goat

  • Mariyam Baxamusa

    The video is like a poetry in motion...it captivated me...I got transported to Zuni....I want to pass this on to my students...so that they appreciate their roots...totally awesome.

  • Hasibe

    It is beautiful! Can this please have spanish subtitles?

  • Andrew

    To see our story, our location in this world, in our life, in a different way than to locate it on some map, but instead to 'map' it differently, in a way that tells our story....speaks to our true nature....

  • Julie

    this video is like a meditation. I loved the comment about the Zuni River being like an umbilical chord back to Mother Earth.

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  • Read this article and map to explore the indigenous people who may have lived near your current home in North America.
  • View this Landmark website to explore this still developing map of indigenous peoples in countries all around the world.
  • Make a map of your own yard, land or city to tell the family stories of your time there, and include the animals, plants  and native peoples who once lived there as well. 

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