Decolonizing World Heritage Maps Using Indigenous Toponyms, Stories, and Interpretive Attributes

Palmer, Mark and Korson, Cadey (2020) Decolonizing World Heritage Maps Using Indigenous Toponyms, Stories, and Interpretive Attributes. Cartographica, 55 (3). pp. 183-192. [Article]

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Abstract (in English)

Maps and GIS used for the nomination and subsequent management of UNESCO World Heritage sites have primarily served bureaucratic resource management purposes. However, bureaucratic maps offer an opportunity to represent associative cultural landscapes, intangible cultural elements, and the geographies of Indigenous peoples. Indigenous toponyms can be found on many World Heritage maps for sites located within settler societies such as New Zealand, Australia, the United States, and Canada. Currently, bureaucratic heritage maps do not emphasize or even have a method for presenting the meaning and significance of Indigenous toponyms. Instead, the names are represented as static, inanimate objects void of meaning. This article presents archival evidence that bureaucratic state maps found within some UNESCO World Heritage nomination dossiers and resource management plans contain Indigenous cartographic elements that Indigenous communities could use as the basis for creating Indigital story maps.

Item Type: Article
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Palmer, Mark
palmermh@missouri.edu
Korson, Cadey
c.korson@massey.ac.nz.
Languages: English
Keywords: world heritage; world heritage sites; cultural landscapes; intangible cultural heritage; communities; indigenous peoples; indigenous knowledge systems; management plans; maps; indigital; australia; canada; new zealand; usa
Subjects: F.SCIENTIFIC TECHNIQUES AND METHODOLOGIES OF CONSERVATION > 42. Qualitative analysis
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 06. Cultural landscapes
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 17. Intangible cultural heritage
Q. LANDSCAPES > 07. Indigenous/Traditional landscapes
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 02. World Cultural and Natural Heritage
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 07. Management plan
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 09. Nomination file
Volume: 55
Number: 3
Depositing User: Dr. Mark Palmer
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2021 12:39
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2021 12:39
URI: https://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/2491

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