Meskonsing-Kansan: An Introduction

December 21st, 2019

How does land become rendered as emptied of Indigenous peoples, relations and political life? This essay introduces a land transformed by glaciers and colonization alike.

The statement, “This is Native Land,” is encountered in written, oral, embodied, and material forms. It expresses the ongoing vitality and aliveness of complex material, social and ecological relations. As part of the Field Guides to the Anthropocene Drift series, this essay introduces Indigenous land and the (colonial) Anthropocene in the territory between what are known today as the Wisconsin and Kansas rivers and the Wisconsinan and Kansan glaciations. This land has been physically transformed by glaciers and colonization, as well as narratives and counter-narratives of glaciation and settlement.