Mary Annette Pember: New tool tracks missing and murdered indigenous women

With indigenous women and girls going missing and murdered at high rates, Cheyenne doctoral student Annita Lucchesi is keeping track of their cases with a database and hand-drawn maps. Mary Annette Pember has more on an issue that affects the United States and Canada:
Inspired by the Cheyenne concept of “netaevananova’htsemane” (which translates to, “let us recognize ourselves again”), Annita Lucchesi is working to create a mapping tool that recognizes and honors the geographies in which missing and murdered Native women live and die.

“Hand-drawn maps have great potential to reflect our ways of knowing,” said Lucchesi in an interview with Rewire.News.

A recent example of this is a map Lucchesi created in preparation for the 2018 Women’s Marches. The map features an image of a ribbon skirt, often worn as sign of respect and honor among Native women, with names of missing and murdered indigenous women incorporated into the design of skirt.

Using mainstream technology, Lucchesi seeks to infuse the work of the Atlas of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in the United States and Canada with Native ways of thinking or epistemologies that are guided by community needs.

“Every element of the atlas is voluntary. My hope is that it will be a model to honor people dealing with these issues, by offering skills with which they can build the work themselves,” said Lucchesi. She added that “reducing peoples very real experience of violence into data points alone felt gross.”

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Mary Annette Pember: Mapping Out Missing and Murdered Native Women: ‘I Would Want My Story to Have Meaning’ (Rewire.News April 27, 2018)

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