Margaret Pearce

Margaret Pearce

Fellow: Awarded 2023
Field of Study: Geography and Environmental Studies

Competition: US & Canada

Margaret Pearce is a cartographer and Citizen Potawatomi tribal member living on Penobscot territory. She is dedicated to cartographic language as a way of writing about relationality, numbers, situatedness, the simultaneity of time scales, and Indigenous ways of being. Her responsibility is to expand this language as far as she can.

Dialogue, translation, narrative structure, and accountability are priorities. Recent works include Coming Home to Indigenous Place Names in Canada and Iyoka Eli-Wihtamakw Kǝtahkinawal / This Is How We Name Our Lands (with Penobscot Cultural & Historic Preservation). In 2020 she collaborated with the Land-Grab Universities team to map land-grant university accountability to Indian Country, and in 2022 she collaborated with Ho-Chunk Nation and Miami Tribe to map their Removals for the Field Museum. She is currently at work on two maps of Inuit Nunangat. Her fellowship year will be devoted to making map panels for a project about Mississippi River flooding in the context of an Indigenized river. Her work has been supported by Yaddo, Art Omi, A Studio in the Woods, the Anderson Center, and the School for Advanced Research, among others. Her work is in the collections of people’s houses and glove compartments.

Photo Credit: Margaret Pearce

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