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Gaia GPS Adds New Native Lands Territories Feature

Now when you’re out on a hike, you can use Gaia's new Native Lands Territories tool to learn more about the local Indigenous tribes. Gaia GPS photo.

Gaia GPS is one of our favorite tools for route finding and navigation in the backcountry, and it just got a fantastic upgrade. Now, when you're out exploring the backcountry, you can use its new Native Land Territories feature to learn more about the Indigenous tribes that initially called the land their home. It's easy to forget that many outdoor spaces like National Parks and Wilderness Areas were originally swaths of lands inhabited by Indigenous people. Using a tool like the Native Land Territories map is a great way to acknowledge the heritage and history of these communities. The new feature includes territories in the Americas, Australia, and New Zealand. If you want to give the tool a test drive, check it out on Gaia's website here.

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Check out Gaia's official press release below to learn more about the new tool and how to use it.

"When you're out on a hike, tap a location on the map to see the nation's name. Tap the information button for a link to see more about that nation.

The additional information page enables you to contact the Indigenous nation and access information about their language, history, and land. The marked territories do not represent or intend to represent any Indigenous nation's official or legal boundaries. They serve as a visual representation and educational tool to begin engaging with the complex history of Indigenous nations worldwide."

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