Blackhawk Park Is Indigenous Land (Beyond Acknowledgment)

June 3rd, 2020

How does the legacy of settler colonialism affect and seep into the present? A reflection at Blackhawk Park.

The effects of the Anthropocene are not experienced evenly and certain regions and their communities have been hit by its repercussions harder than others. The seminar Over the Levee, Under the Plow took as its starting point one of these spaces: Blackhawk Park, a “wounded place” where the colonial ties of the Anthropocene become painfully palpable. While histories on settler colonization all too often treat it as a thing of the past, the authors of this seminar reflection urge us to consider how colonial legacies continue to seep into a colonial present.