Guided by Place Names: Field Methods for the Cartographic Expression of Indigenous Geographies

Margaret Wickens Pearce, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Kansas, and Anne Ray Fellow, SAR

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

Maps are well-known for their capacity to coerce, silence, and dispossess indigenous peoples. But like other forms of expression, maps can also empower and emancipate indigenous communities and forge dialogue across cultures where other forms of communication have failed. This presentation introduces work to expand cartographic language for the expression of Indigenous geographies, from an overview of previous projects that present challenges to foster a cross-cultural cartographic dialogue on climate change experience and adaptation strategies in northern Tanzania. This talk focuses on the question of field methods and the ways that place names have identified themselves as guides in previous and current research.

Dr. Pearce will hold a cartography workshop on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 to complement her December 5 colloquium presentation. This workshop is free and open to the public.