Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What's in a name: Indigenous place names in America

Name the land, name the people.
Renee Louis (Hawaii, and on the Hawai'i Geographic Information Coordinating Council) was quick to add the following corrective:

Interesting and typical. Don't know if it is worth the bother to correct them of all the good work currently being done by Indigenous scholars including the planning of an International Conference on Indigenous Place Names.

I know it is Saami, but there are 5 of us currently (as in right now today) planning a conference to bring together Indigenous peoples working on preserving the place names in their respective homelands. It will be the first of its kind and it will be recurring every 3 years in various parts of the world."

Carve the land, carve the people.

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