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Counter Mapping

Length: 9 min.
Age Level: 8+
Place: Zuni, NM

In this film, we meet Jim Enote, a traditional Zuni elder, farmer, and former director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico. Enote is working with Zuni artists to provide an alternative way to understand and create maps which offer an indigenous voice and perspective rooted in place. “Counter mapping” challenges the western notions of geography and the arbitrary borders imposed on the Zuni world. This perspective is not based on ownership and imposed names, but rather on memory, ceremony, song, and a deep relationship to the land.

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