At the Crossroads of Hualapai History, Memory, and American Colonization: Contesting Space and Place

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Description: Morals, identity, and culture are embedded in the streams and fields of Native landscapes....Places serve as cultural mnemonic devices that remind people of events and the significance of those events for morality, behavior, and identity.2 But these acts of commemoration and storytelling about racial violences and conquests serve a purpose beyond reminding people about morality and behavior: they stand as acts of defiance and decolonization. Top-down assimilationist policies and structural changes in the national and global economy have undoubtedly influenced Native patterns of movement, but many scholars have failed to investigate spatiocultural considerations, the persistence of Indigenous knowledge of place, and geographical continuity and the layers of meaning that frame Native identities and sense of place.3 We have failed to think spatially.
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