Genealogy of Self and Place

Charlottesville, VA

Genealogy of Self and Place

Charlottesville, Virginia 22902, United States

Created By: Myla Hui Reed

Tour Information

This walking tour includes landmarks in the place I call home, Charlottesville. Each landmark has a special place in my heart, whether it conjures up memories from my childhood or functions as a source of stress relief. I have included a detailed description explaining my connection to each place, along with its Indigenous cultural histories. Because it's difficult sometimes to put what we feel into words, especially in the colonizer's language, in the case of Indigenous people. So I ask to see emotions and lived, embodied experiences as a valid form of knowledge in this tour. This multimodal tour requires your full attention as you will be experiencing this tour through video, sound, and images.

The central focus of this tour is to show through storytelling how land is more than just property or a natural element but calls upon the concepts of territory, place, and home. It emphasizes relationality with the land.

"While priority is given to claiming and protecting material land, we also need to emphasize and reclaim the connection between people and land. Land has stood in place while it's our relationship with the land that has been affected." --- Mishuana Goeman

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What You'll See on the Tour

The eight-block stretch of a pedestrian-only street doesn’t just serve as the epi-center of Charlottesville’s urban life. But it has become a place of sanity for me, especially during the pandemic. For those three years, I felt trapped ... Read more
My family has lived in Charlottesville for seven years. Before that, we lived in Richmond. Since I was small, my family would take annual trips to Charlottesville to go apple picking at Carter’s Mountain, and then we always went to Mellow... Read more
I have called Woolen Mills my home for almost two years. Being one of the oldest neighborhoods in Charlottesville, it was developed with the mill as the center of activity, operating from the mid-1850s to the 1960s. During the Civil War, th... Read more
The Rivanna River is the most meaningful spot on the tour for me. Ever since my family moved to the area, we’ve had the privilege of living right across the street from the river. No matter if the water is frozen over, turned to a murky b... Read more
When I was younger, my dad went back to school to get his bachelor’s and one of the classes he took was in native studies. I was homeschooled so my brother and I would always tag along with him to his classes and do our own school work in... Read more


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