Kansan—View from Iowa Point

December 21st, 2019

From Iowa Point, situated along the Glacial Hills Scenic Byway, visitors can behold a view that anchors the narrative of a violent settler geology.

The Meskonsing-Kansan territory is a land physically transformed by glaciers and colonization alike. Through glaciation, US settler-colonial countertemporality validates and normalizes itself, legitimating and rendering timeless settler claims to territory and political authority. This excerpt, part of an essay from the Field Guides to the Anthropocene Drift series, considers the view from Iowa Point, which anchors this narrative of settler geology.