Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Dwelling in the districts: The participation and perspectives of mapping traditional communities on PineRridge
by Steinbuck, Mark Robert, M.A., Colorado State University, 2013, 130; 1539709
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis discusses the process and results of research gathered from a field season on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of South Dakota. By engaging in a community mapping project with Oglala Lakota elders, I show the benefits and reason behind the theory of participation. The project intends to "map" the indigenous tiospaye groups in the Porcupine District, and ends up gathering narrative representations of place rather than explicitly cartographic ones, a reification of the theorized "dwelling space." A discussion of the mapping project leads to a wider explication of the general practice of mapping indigenous lands throughout history. How indigenous perceptions of place and landscape are represented through acts of cartography is discussed to show the potential for empowerment or disempowerment of indigenous worldviews. The thesis concludes that a divestment of power to local communities is necessary for truly sustainable development, and further that the knowledge and perceptions of the traditional Lakota elders needs to be validated on their own terms in order to decolonize the relationship between their tiospayes and the tribal government.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sherman, Kathleen Pickering
Commitee: Cottrell, Stuart P., Galvin, Kathleen A., Leisz, Stephen J.
School: Colorado State University
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Geography, Native American studies
Keywords: Community development, Oglala Lakota, Participatory mapping, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Tiospaye, Traditional governance
Publication Number: 1539709
ISBN: 978-1-303-15476-8
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