When Rivers Were Trails is an artwork that you can play! This video game is inspired by other point-and-click adventure games like Oregon Trail. However, instead of telling a story from the viewpoint of European settlers, this game tells a story from the perspective of an Anishinaabeg in the 1890s.
The Anishinaabe are several groups of Indigenous peoples connected by shared culture and language. This name can also be spelled Anishinabe, Anicinape, Nishnaabe, Neshnabé, Anishinaabeg, or Anishinabek. To learn more about the Anishinaabe, watch this short video, or read some of the resources on The Anishinabek Nation Website.
When Rivers Were Trails teaches about Indigenous people being forced out of their home territories as European settlers came to North America. While this game focuses on events that took place in the United States, similar things happened in Canada as well.
When Rivers Were Trails is featured in an online exhibition called THERE IS NO CENTRE, curated by Katie Micak. This exhibition will be online until May 24th, 2023.