Kūkulu Hāmākua : reimagining cartographic expressions in the battle over Maunakea

Authors: Renee Louis*, Institute of Policy and Social Research, Pua Case, Mauna Kea Education and Awareness
Topics: Indigenous Peoples, Cartography
Keywords: Indigenous Cartography, Kanaka Hawaiʻi, Maunakea
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Chairman's Boardroom, Omni, East
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Indigenous cartographies exist. For many peoples, they have never ceased to exist, they have just ceased to be recognized and valued. It is not the same as Indigenous mapping, or mapping by, with, or for Indigenous peoples, which has its own rich and vibrant history. Furthermore, I believe referring to Indigenous cartographic traditions as Indigenous mapping maintains a hierarchical view of spatial knowledge traditions. I aim to elevate the idea that in Hawaiʻi, amongst my Native cousins across the Pacific, and likely those throughout the rest of the Indigenous world, we have our own cartographic traditions. I would like to address an Indigenous cartographic perspective of mapping difficult stories or specifically the ways in which Kanaka Hawaiʻi are reimagining cartographic expressions of sacred geographies in the battle over Maunakea and the building of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). Kūkulu Hāmākua as an artistic cartographic presentation of a sacred geography made accessible and relevant to the future generation.

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