Challenges and openings from a collaborative, multi-modal mapping project amid an Indonesian resource frontier

Authors: Walker DePuy*, University of Georgia
Topics: Cultural and Political Ecology, Human-Environment Geography, Indigenous Peoples
Keywords: participatory mapping, multi-modality, indigenous peoples, collaboration, Indonesia
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Embassy Room, Omni, East
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This paper outlines a collaborative, multi-modal mapping project that aimed to visualize and elucidate historical and spiritual sites of importance for a particular Dayak community of East Kalimantan. Working with a group of community members and elders, I combined participatory mapping, GoPro videos, photographs, and key informant interviews in an attempt to make these sites and their cultural and ontological meaning legible in ways traditional cartography cannot. With their territory regularly impacted by logging concessions and facing incursion from oil palm, there is a real desire by the community for visual and written records of their lived presence on the landscape. Such records have the potential to be sources of evidence to contest incursions, promote claims of both indigeneity and land ownership, and act as education materials for future generations. Ultimately, this work helps document the existence of an indigenous territory in a landscape otherwise fully concessioned, as well as reflect on the challenges and openings seen in collaborative, multi-modal critical cartography.

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