What is “territory”?


4 responses to “What is “territory”?”

  1. Elias Elias says:

    I am from Arcata in Humboldt County, California. I have heard a story that supports a fluid nature of group boundaries that I will share. Precontact there was apparently a single family from the Hoopa Valley (Hupa people) that had food collecting rights to just one of the many rocky islets in the ocean near present day Trinidad, California. Precontact there was a village of Yurok people in that area. Hoopa valley is a couple dozen miles inland and the people living there otherwise didn’t have direct access to the resources of the ocean. My informant was a colleague in biology who had befriended people who knew of this traditional access right.

  2. Tom Hengelsberg says:

    I grew up in western New York State, USA, just west of the Finger Lakes, on the lands of the Seneca, keepers of the western door of the Iroqouis Five Nations. I would be interested to know why Seneca is on the language map but not on the territory map? There seems to be a big gap in the map there. This map and website are absolutely fascinating by the way. This research is very important, great work!

    • Hi Tom, thanks for the comment and for reminding us of this. We have been meaning for quite a long time to remove the Confederacy and just include the individual nations, including the Seneca. We actually have just added the territory in the backend but it hasn’t yet been pushed up to the frontend. It should be added in the next week or so, so please check back again soon. Thanks so much!

      • Tom Hengelsberg says:

        Readers may find this interesting also…I grew up in Castile, NY, *literally on* the first reservation lands the Seneca were forced off of when the settlers and land speculators wanted it. The roads above and below my house (where my parents still live) were Upper, Middle, and Lower Reservation Roads. The native people were forced onto a second reservation, the Cattaraugus Reservation, a small plot of land near Buffalo, NY. At some point after? that they were also placed on the Allegheny Res near the border with PA. That’s the history as I understand it; I bet others know it much better and more intimately. The land I grew up on looks down into the Genesee River valley and gorge. It is simply a beautiful spot, and I was always conscious growing up that it was not rightfully ours to take.

        I live in northern Vermont now, lands of the Abenaki. I just met the Chief of the Nulhegan Band of Abenaki the other day. A great man.

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