THE ZUNI MAPS remind us that modern, conventional maps convey only one very particular way of being in place, one which often, counterintuitively, leaves us disoriented and disconnected. Conventional maps do not tell us what it means to be somewhere—the details of the landscapes we live in, the sounds of the trees and the birds, the long histories of the arroyos and the mountains, the names of the people who built our homes.
today i discovered why i diskile a particular street so much. i never knew why or what happens, but i always felt a certain uncomfort and uneasiness while walking through it. at times i even avoided it. today a moment of clarity struck me while i was walking that street: my parents had a bad fight in that street when i was a child (it was traumatic) and my body remembers the trauma even though my mind could not, until now.