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Robert Caldwell's talk will address questions such as: What is Indigenous space? What is a traditional cultural place? What constitutes "Indian Country" today? What is the relationship between land base and sovereignty? How has space been contested between Indigenous peoples and the settler-colonial state? This talk will introduce concepts of culture areas, the mapping of languages and Nations, and will encourage the audience to think critically about maps and their place in colonization/ decolonization. 

Robert Caldwell is a visiting assistant professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies at Hampshire College. His dissertation, which focused on thematic historical maps of American Indian homelands, languages and culture areas, is under revision for publication with the University of Nebraska Press. 

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