The Landscape

Historically, AI/AN peoples have often been depicted as a part of a singular identity. In reality, there is a vast diversity of tribes with distinct cultures, customs, and worldviews. Supporting and inspiring Native youth requires that we see AI/AN communities as multifaceted, complex, and unique. In this unit, we’ll explore the landscape of AI/AN communities in the United States.


Key terms/concepts:

  1. Tribal diversity
  2. Sovereignty

Cartographer Aaron Carapella created a map in 2013 to show the vast diversity of tribal nations in their own names and locations pre-contact with European settlers. Click here to view and zoom in on the full map.