empire’s tracks

This 10-map series visualizes geographical and memorial ties in the histories of labor, resistance, and dispossession within the global development of colonial infrastructure. The maps were prepared for the book Empire’s Tracks: Indigenous Peoples, Racial Aliens, and the Transcontinental Railroad by Manu Karuka. Each chapter follows a people and the railroad as it is built through the lands of the Lakota, Pawnee, and Cheyenne Nations – among hundreds of others – with the exploited labor of Chinese migrant workers. Author Manu Karuka and I worked to develop visual language and wayfinding that respect these stories and the lands to which they belong. The book includes 10 full-page maps that accompany five narratives.