Land Acknowledgement: Yosemite National Park currently sits on land belonging to the Ahwahneechee People. In 1851, their homes were burned down by the California Militia. In 1969, the remaining homes were destroyed in a firefighting drill. While their community has been deteriorated by imperialism, there are still Ahwahneechee People fighting for federal recognition. We ask that you take a moment to see if you are occupying Indigenous land via this link.
The National Park postcards from Yosemite reveal a long and complex relationship between nature and tourists. The postcards all display a colonialist-capitalist view of the park. Through our research, we’ve developed an understanding of how it has been colonized and commodified. The postcards explore issues in the United States such as the erasure of Indigenous cultures, the objectification of nature, and general attitudes of entertainment culture in the 19th and 20th centuries.