Mapping Our Places: Voices from the Indigenous Communities Mapping Initiative

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Through their own voices and images, presents the mapping projects carried out by four indigenous communities.


The indigenous mapping movement is reestablishing land and resource rights and restoring human dignity to native peoples around the world.  Through a variety of mapping strategies that blend cultural, technological, and philosophical approaches, indigenous peoples are maintaining, rekindling, and wielding profound knowledge of our homelands.

At the most fundamental level, many Native communities continue to pass down traditional knowledge of our territories through oral history, song, subsistence activities, and other customary ways.  Others are producing georeferenced hand-drawn maps by tracing over aerial photographs or topographic maps or applying strings of yarn or paint to identify features on three-dimentional cardboard models of landscapes.  Some are creating databases of their geographic knowledge using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software and combining it with multispectral satellite imagery. 

These mapping efforts range from solitary projects by individual communities to partnerships that include national or international organizations.  Often, they struggle for resources and legitimacy in the face of active resistance by majority populations and national governments.  Many indigenous mappers, at times working in remote areas and sometimes risking their lives, feel alone and isolated in their efforts. Rarely are they able to share the story of their struggle with the larger world and especially with each other.

This book provide such an opportunity.  Through their own voices and images of their ancestral lands, you will learn about mapping projects carried out by four indigenous people in the western United States, including:

1) The Kashunamuit people of Alaska
2) The village of Khap'o Owingeh, also known as the Santa Clara Pueblo, of New Mexico
3) The Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes of Montana
4) The Native Hawaiian people of Häÿena on the island of Kaua'i



Editor: Clay Scott

Illustrations: Color photos

Binding Availability: Hardcover

Published: 2005

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Various U.S. tribes