The Decolonial Atlas is a growing collection of maps which, in some way, help us to challenge our relationships with the land, people, and state. It’s based on the premise that cartography is not as objective as we’re made to believe. The orientation of a map, its projection, the presence of political borders, which features are included or excluded, and the language used to label a map are all subject to the map-maker’s bias – whether deliberate or not. Because decolonisation is a process of unlearning and rediscovering, they’re especially committed to indigenous language revitalisation through toponymy – the use of place names.
The Decolonial Atlas is a volunteer-run project by a group of indigenous languages speakers, cartographers, graphics designers, artists, historians and cultural consultants. Their original content is offered for free through the Decolonial Media License 0.1 with the aim to get these maps printed and into communities everywhere, with priority given to indigenous schools and cultural centers.