5 students stand together at the ISTB7 Building in front of water pathway.

Photograph by Maureen Kobierowski, ASU Humanities Lab.

Chi'chil Countermap Project

Lab: Indigenizing Food Systems, Spring 2022
Instructors: Myla Vicenti Carpio, Melissa Nelson, Alexander Soto
Type: Map
Tags: Justice, Indigenous, Environment
Team: Alycia de Mesa, Bianca Banuelos, Kevin Reza-Quirino, Janine Lopez-Fimbres, Jenna Bryant

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About the outcome

This project reflects an Indigenous methods approach to creating an interactive, online countermap of Emory oak and its acorns (called “chi’chil” in the Western Apache language) that grow in the borderlands of US Southwest and Northern Mexico and are culturally and ecologically significant to Apache people throughout the area. View the evolving progress of the countermap HERE.

About the team

Alycia de Mesa is a Ph.D. student exploring the ethics and boundaries of Indigenous storytelling and countermapping in context to AR and smartphones for traditional ecological knowledge restoration, focused within Western Apache communities.

Bianca Banuelos is a Master's student majoring in American Indian Studies (Indigenous Rights and Social Justice) at The College of Liberal Arts & Science.

Kevin Reza-Quirino is an undergraduate student in his freshman year pursuing Interdisciplinary Studies, at the Integrative Sciences & Arts.

Janine Lopez-Fimbres is an undergraduate student in her senior year at the Sustainability College of Global Futures

Jenna Bryant is an undergraduate student in her junior year at the Sustainability College of Global Futures