instructor · Benedict J. Colombi, PhD
key topics · ethnographic mapping & indigenous cartographies [part two]

week 9 · march 9

lecturer – Dr. Cynthia Annett (Google Earth Outreach Network / Kansas State University)

required readings · (1) Tobias 2009 (ch 3 and 5) Living Proof: The Essential Data-Collection Guide for Indigenous Use-and-Occupancy Map Surveys; (2) Pearce and Louis 2008 Mapping Indigenous Depth of Place; (4) Google Earth Training Manuals and Associated Web Sites; Click Here for more mapping instruction

Example #1

Kansas River as an object of scientific study

Example #2

Kansas River mapped using Kanza language and history

Class Project

  • Pair up with a partner and take turns interviewing each other. 
  • While you are conducting the interview, create a map of your partner's connections to the natural world.
  • Each of you will create a custom icon and use it for all of your locations.
  • Create a layer on your group's My Maps, add all of the markers for both of your maps to the same layer.
  • Use the instructions in the slide deck above to add material to your group's My Maps.
  • Use the questions below to guide your interview. Remember: do not put private information such as home addresses on the map, everything will be public.

Factors that helped shape your individual worldview
Family and community
Where do your ancestors come from, i.e. what country or part of the world?
Where were your grandparents born (all four of them)?
Where were your parents born (if this is different from where grandparents were born, examine why)
Where were you and your siblings born?
Place and natural world
What place in the world do you identify with in terms of identity?
What are the nonhuman influences in your life?
What is your favorite place in the world?
Where is your favorite tree, body of water, place to relax, etc.?
Where was your favorite place to play (or hide) when you were 5 years old? 10 years old? 15? Today?
Who were the most important animals in your life?
Where did you see the most interesting, unusual, or otherwise, animal you have ever seen?
Spiritual Elements and beliefs that helped shape your thinking
Where are the spots that are sacred to your beliefs located?
Where are your personal sacred places?