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The History of Cartography, Volume 2, Book 3

Cartography in the Traditional African, American, Arctic, Australian, and Pacific Societies

"Certain to be the standard reference for all subsequent scholarship."—John Noble Wilford, New York Times Book Review, on the History of Cartography series

"The maps in this book provide an evocative picture of how indigenous peoples view and represent their worlds. They illuminate not only questions of material culture but also the cognitive systems and social motivations that underpin them" (from the introduction).

Although they are often rendered in forms unfamiliar to Western eyes, maps have existed in most cultures. In this latest book of the acclaimed History of Cartography, contributors from a broad variety of disciplines collaborate to describe and address the significance of traditional cartographies. Whether painted on rock walls in South Africa, chanted in a Melanesian ritual, or fashioned from palm fronds and shells in the Marshall Islands, all indigenous maps share a crucial role in representing and codifying the spatial knowledge of their various cultures. Some also serve as repositories of a group’s sacred or historical traditions, while others are exquisite art objects.

The indigenous maps discussed in this book offer a rich resource for disciplines such as anthropology, archaeology, art history, ethnology, geography, history, psychology, and sociology. Copious illustrations and carefully researched bibliographies enhance the scholarly value of this definitive reference.

Volumes One, Two, Three, and Six are also available in PDF online.

500 pages | 24 color plates, 267 halftones, 196 line drawings, 5 tables | 8-1/2 x 11 | © 1998

The History of Cartography

Geography: Cartography

History: African History, American History, General History

Reference and Bibliography

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
David Woodward

1. Introduction, David Woodward and G. Malcolm Lewis

Traditional Cartography in Africa

2. Cartographic Content of Rock Art in Southern Africa, Tim Maggs

3. Indigenous Mapmaking in Intertropical Africa, Thomas J. Bassett

Traditional Cartography in the Americas

Maps, Mapmaking, and Map Use by Native North Americans, G. Malcolm Lewis

5. Mesoamerican Cartography, Barbara E. Mundy

6. Mapmaking in the Central Andes, William Gustav Gartner

7. Indigenous Cartography in Lowland South America and the Caribbean, Neil L. Whitehead

Traditional Cartography in Arctic and Subarctic Eurasia

Traditional Cartography in Arctic and Subarctic Eurasia, Elena Okladnikova

Traditional Cartography in Australia

Icons of Country: Topographic Representations in Classical Aboriginal Traditions, Peter Sutton

10. Aboriginal Maps and Plans, Peter Sutton

Traditional Cartography in the Pacific Basin

11. The Pacific Basin: An Introduction, Ben Finney

12. Traditional Cartography in Papua New Guinea, Eric Kline Silverman

13. Nautical Cartography and Traditional Navigation in Oceania, Ben Finney

14. Maori Cartography and the European Encounter, Phillip Lionel Barton

15. Concluding Remarks, David Woodward and G. Malcolm Lewis

Editors, Authors, and Project Staff
Bibliographical Index
General Index
, Ellen D. Goldlust-Gingrich


American Historical Association: James Henry Breasted Prize

Association of American Publishers: PROSE Book Award
Honorable Mention

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