Perhaps you've enjoyed
the large "First Nations Across North America" map
on this website. However, there is something you should know.
The concept used in First Nations Seeker's map of drawing out
first nations with simple black lines on a white background is
NOT the slightest bit original. Rather, First Nations
Seeker's map is merely the latest in a long line of maps stretching
back decades. (None of these maps have been used as source maps
for First Nations Seeker's map.) Here is a survey of the previous
maps that I am aware of. If you click them, the maps will expand
into a much larger, readable format.
Albert L. Kroeber's
"Native Tribes of North America" Map
This University of
California map is of good quality.
John Reed Swanton's
"The Indian Tribes of North America" Map
Mr. Swanton, an anthropologist
and linguist, worked for forty years at the Bureau of American
Ethnology of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. During
this time, he published his authoritative book, "The Indian
Tribes of North America" and this map was a four page insert
with that book. I have found this map very interesting.
Looking for a copy of his map <
Praire Crafts "First
Nations Across North America" Map
My father bought this
poster map at the Pioneera Exhibition in Saskatchewan. It was
my first introduction to this kind of map and I lived with it
for many years. Other than the map being produced in Canada,
there is no way of telling who created it. It came in gray and
blued toned versions. I credit this map as inspiring the whole
First Nations Seeker project! Click the map below to view a more
George Murdock's "Ethnographic
map of North America"
This map was on one
page of each volume of a series entitled "Ethnographic Biblography
of North America". Click map to look at in more detail.
"Indians of North America" Map
This wall map came
as an insert in National Geographic's magazine and thence it
had wide circulation.
Ives Goddard's "Native
Languages and Language Familes of North America " Map
Mr. Goddard is a distinguished
linguist and curator in the Department of Anthropology at the
Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of Natural History. Click
the map below to view a clear readable copy.
First Nations Seeker's
"First Nations Across North America - At the Time of First
Features: 1) Created
in the era of the internet, and thence full advantage has been
taken of research far and wide. 2) It has an associated website
in which you can visit the first nations on the map. 3) Source
maps can be viewed (via the website) and thence you can see how
it's put together. 4) Strong focus on linguistics and it's "First
Ultimately, this poster
map will be released into the public domain. But no there no
use in cluttering up the internet with the map at various stages
before completion. (It's an ongoing project.) Click the map below
to clearly view it's south section.
OF PREVIOUS "FIRST NATIONS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA" MAPS