Books

A list of books related to Aboriginal Mapping. Please contact us if you know of a book that should be included on this list.

The History of Cartography

Volume 2, Book 3: Cartography in the Traditional African, American, Arctic, Australian, and Pacific Societies

Edited by David Woodward and G. Malcolm Lewis

Introduction

Maps are seen through many different eyes. As the historical study of maps has broadened and matured over the past two decades to extend beyond the idea of maps as ever-improving representations of the geographical world, at least three approaches have been developed and championed: the map as cognitive system, the map as material culture, and the map as social construction.1 All three are necessary to a full understanding of how maps function in society. The way these approaches have waxed and waned has depended not only on the background and predilections of individual researchers, but also on the differing roles and meanings of maps in the various cultures that have been studied.

The emphasis on these three approaches has shifted as the History of Cartography volumes have appeared. In this book, which deals with the cartography of traditional African, American, Arctic, Australian, and Pacific cultures, where very few truly indigenous artifacts have been found or preserved, we would expect the cognitive and social approaches to have necessarily greater emphasis than in previous books. This introduction is meant to lay the conceptual groundwork for the chapters that follow. After addressing definitional questions--what we mean by various key words in the title of the book, such as "cartography" and "traditional"--we discuss the differences among what can be called cognitive, performance, and material cartography and explain the many instances where these categories overlap. The introduction then turns to a number of methodological problems and issues, including the problem of bias inherent in studying the maps in this book from a Western perspective, the possible omissions deriving from a diversity of approaches, the feasibility of cross-cultural comparisons, and the ways the study of maps can be made more central in ethnohistorical studies.

For more information, please visit the following link:

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/907287.html

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Coast Salish Senses of Place: Dwelling, Meaning, Power, Property and Territory in the Coast Salish World

PhD Dissertation, Anthropology, McGill U., 2005

This study addresses the question of the nature of indigenous people's connection to the land, and the implications of this for articulating these connections in legal arenas where questions of Aboriginal title and land claims are at issue.  The idea of 'place' is developed, based in a phenomenology of dwelling which takes profound attachments to home places as shaping and being shaped by ontological orientation and social organization.  In this theory of the 'senses of place', the author emphasizes the relationships between meaning and power experienced and embodied in place, and the social systems of property and territory that forms indigenous land tenure systems.  To explore this theoretical notion of senses of place, the study develops a detailed ethnography of a Coast Salish Aboriginal community on southeast Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.  Through this ethnography of dwelling, the ways in which places become richly imbued with meanings and how they shape social organization and generate social action are examined.  Narratives with Coast Salish community members, set in a broad context of discussing land claims, provide context for understanding senses of place imbued with ancestors, myth, spirit, power, language, history, property, territory and boundaries.  The author concludes in arguing that by attending to a theorized understanding of highly local senses of place, nuanced conceptions of indigenous relationships to land which appreciate indigenous relations to land in their own terms can be articulated.

Download the pdf here: http://pages.ca.inter.net/~bthom/

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Tribal Boundaries in the Nass Watershed

TRIBAL BOUNDARIES IN THE NASS WATERSHED
by Neil J. Sterritt et al.

This book serves as a contribution to understanding how First nations traditionally establish their rights to territory and how these rights are played out in the context of treaty negotiations. The book was written as part of negotiations between the Gitksan and the Nisga'a who have competing territorial claims of ownership in the upper Nass River watershed.

You can preview this book here: http://books.google.ca/books?id=1-CWBVHIhh8C

UBC Press, Vancouver, BC, Canada:
http://www.ubcpress.ca/search/title_book.asp?BookID=1630

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First Nations Environmental Assessment Toolkit

This toolkit was developed by the First Nations Environmental Assessment Technical Working Group (FNEATWG).