Indigenous Landscapes: A Study in Ethnocartography

Mac Chapin and Bill Threlkeld
Date Released
December 2001
Indigenous Landscapes:  A Study in Ethnocartography

In 2001, Native Lands published this detailed case study/manual of the participatory mapping it jointly organized in Honduras, Panama, and Bolivia.

This is a detailed account and analysis of the road Native Lands followed to devise and fine-tune the methodology it has been using since 1992. The narrative takes the reader from imperfect, sometimes confused beginnings to a much surer sense of what works and what does not, how community participation can be maximized, what to eliminate, and what to add, strengthen, and bring into focus.

It is a part narrative account and analysis, part practical guide for community mapping projects that can be used by organizations interested in carrying out similar projects in their regions. The book is illustrated with copious photographs and maps.

Table of Contents

Title Page
Introduction and Project Sequence
Chapter 1. Ethnocartography in Honduras and Panama: How the Projects Emerged
Chapter 2. Project Financing
Chapter 3. Putting Together and Coordinating a Project Team
Chapter 4. Step One: Ground Preparation
Chapter 5. Step Two: The First Workshop
Chapter 6. Step Three: The First Fieldwork Period
Chapter 7. Step Four: The Second Workshop
Chapter 8. Final Steps: The Second Fieldwork Period, Third Workshop, and Final Maps
Chapter 9. Testing an Improved Model for Ethnocartography: Mapping the Izozog in Bolivia
Chapter 10. Outcomes
Chapter 11. Summing Up: A Guide for Ethnocartographic Projects
Appendix A: An Analysis of the Project Budgets; Appendix B: Community Questionnaire Used in Panama; Appendix C: Addressing the Public