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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Wisconsin's Past and Present

I chose the "Conflicts over Native Land Resources" map on page 15. This map shows the events that allowed the book's subsequent maps to exist (the Black Hawk War, for example) and that we are still seeing the consequences of the events (the fishing rights controversy, for example). It is one of the few maps not broken down into rectangles. The map implies the contradictions between Indians' notions of land and ownership and white Americans' belief that staking out squares of land for farms make a nation. The map's three squares showing reservations seem out of place. The map reminds viewers that Wisconsin was and is a contested land. This map needs to be viewed in context with several other maps, particularly maps showing Indian migration to Wisconsin (compare to white migration to Wisconsin?) and maps showing westward expansion of the U.S.

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At 11:19 AM, Blogger Caroline Sietmann said...

Okay, so I'm commenting on my own post. I read the assignment wrong/different.? I was thinking in terms of understanding Wisconsin history through maps. I wasn't thinking in terms of librarians. Maybe I can tie my post into librarians . . . or maybe not. I guess one could argue that Indians should be included in maps of different groups of people living in Wisconsin and in studies of library service to these groups. We can think in terms of collaborating with and supplementing reservation libraries. For example, tribes may be in need of legal information for their treaty rights issues. They can get them from the library.

 

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