This is part of a set of classroom materials for the Digital Collection Maps and the Beginnings of North America.
The Colonization of the Black Hills in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, in Historic Maps and Documents
How can old maps help us understand the complexities of colonization in North America? What sorts of evidence do they offer? Does their distinct styling, framing, and content change how a particular landscape can be represented? Might these elements have in fact aided colonization in the Black Hills?
What do historical images of American Indian peoples tell us about the evolving relationships between Indians and non-Indians? What valuable information about our past and ourselves can we glean from artworks that portray indigenous peoples and also the materials that artists used?