|A beautiful map of lies. Click to enlarge. From Aaron Carpella's website.|
The map is beautiful but it shows a fictional American Indian geography which ignores history. Aaron claims on the website and map:
THIS MAP PRESENTS EVERY DOCUMENTED, KNOWN NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBE THAT WAS HERE IN PRE-CONTACT TIME, BEFORE THE ARRIVAL OF EUROPEANS. ALL OF THE TRIBAL NATIONS DOCUMENTED HERE ARE IN THEIR ORIGINAL LOCATIONS BEFORE THE EUROPEAN INVASION AFFECTED THEIR MOVEMENT AND DISPLACEMENT.
With this claim Aaron is either showing ignorance or a malicious propaganda in order to show some sort of fiction pan-Native Americanism meant to paper over the population movements displacements, ethnic cleansings, and other all too common human crimes committed by American Indian nations on each other (Europeans, Asians, and Africans have been no different).
The big clue that something is wrong is that the map shows the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota (Sioux) nations spread throughout South Dakota and Minnesota. Before the mid-1700s the main tribe on the South Dakotan plains was the Sahnish (Arikara). The nomadic Sioux nations used horses and savage warfare against the more settled Sahnish to the point the Sahnish were forced to flee into present-day North Dakota where the nation only survived by merging with the Numakaki (Mandan). Meanwhile, my own personal travels in northern Wisconsin revealed countless monuments, memorials, museums, and texts that intrepreted the Dakota's displacement from the Lake Superior region by the Anishinabeg (Ojibwe/Chippewa) who were expanding west from the Great Lakes region.
Being a long time researcher of Great Plains and Woodlands Indians I also know these nations were built upon other previous cultures, and in certain cases civilization, which replaced each other before and right after the introduction of pox and horses (which arrived faster than the Europeans themselves).
The map also ignores Alaska. Perhaps the invasion of Siberian Thule who destroyed the indigenous populations there would shatter the narrative of the map. Hawaii is also missing though the debate of whether or not Native Hawaiians should be considered "Native Americans" is a hot debate topic on multiple levels.
America has a rich human history of at least 15,000 years. I fully support studying and sharing knowledge about pre-European history of America. However, we should embrace the real history with all its positives and negatives. We should drop false pan-nativism and admit that population shifts did occur and that horrible war crimes occurred before the strongest of all tribes, English-speakers, dominated in the Northern continent.