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Indigenous Peoples Day

Did You Know...?

While many are taught and continue to think that the cultures of indigenous peoples are ancient and bygone, they actually aren't! The term 'Indigenous peoples' refers to "the notion of a place-based human ethnic culture that has not migrated from its homeland." Indigenous peoples, therefore, are alive and richly involved throughout the world today! Maps.com is proud to dedicate this page to those peoples in an effort to honor them and hope that readers like you might learn or come to appreciate something new about them!

Scroll down to learn some fascinating facts about indigenous peoples from every continent in the world around you!

CALLING ALL EDUCATORS

Maps101 is THE place for
collective cultural learning

All of the maps that you are about to look at are stored in Maps101, with in depth discussions on each one! Even more lies in wait behind Maps101, and you can try it for free today and start showing your class how amazing the world is tomorrow!

Shannon Keller O'Loughlin

Executive Director
Association on American Indian Affairs

“We recognize the people who stood here and protected this land and protected the Earth before us...I think there’s a responsibility to everyone in the United States to understand what land you’re standing on and to learn about the history of the place that you occupy, to respect the ground that you walk on.”


Native American Cultures Map; 1500 CE


Celebrating the history, culture, and resilience of indigenous people, Maps.com's Native American Cultures Map illustrates the names and locations of many of the native tribes who inhabited and cultivated the lands around them from Central America to Northern Canada around the year 1500 CE.

 


Ancient Asian Civilizations;  
3000 BCE -1000 BCE


This map shows the locations where the beauty of the Asian indigenous cultures began! Utilizing the fertile grounds around them, several groups built themselves up all around the Asian continent. In fact, of the many ancient civilizations that are familiar to us from our history textbooks, the Indus Valley peoples were among the three most innovative and productive early civilizations!

 


Indo-European Migration Routes;
4000 BCE - 1000 BCE


The earliest inhabitants of the United Kingdom mixed with the cultures and genes of various invaders and left no distinctly original indigenous peoples. But there are quite a lot of European indigenous cultures that still live on today! The Sami, Yennish, Irish Travellers, and more are all considered indigenous people that should be celebrated and taught about.

 


South American Cultures; 1971


Discover the fascinating pre-Columbian cultures of the Amazon, the Andes, and beyond, with the "Indians of South America" map. Published in National Geographic in March 1982 with the "Archaeology of South America" map, this work captures the essence of the diverse tribes of the continent with informative profiles and colorful illustrations.

 


Early Societies of Oceania;
3500 BCE - 500 BCE


Many love to study the famous Aboriginal cultures of Australia, but the vast surrounding waters and islands of Oceania contain multiple indigenous peoples and cultures. It is a well-populated and fascinating area filled with migrating cultures that cultivated the small spots of land available to them, where they still exist today!

 


African Ethno-Linguistic Map; 1971


Published in December 1971 with the article "The Zulus: Black Nation in a Land of Apartheid," this map is a supplement to the "Heritage of Africa" map printed in the same issue. Featuring a physical map with the names of groups and their languages, this map also contains beautiful illustrations and interesting facts about the diverse peoples that inhabit the continent.

 


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