The History of Cartography Cartography in the Traditional African, American, Arctic, Australian, and Pacific Societies (volume2)
- List Price: $299.00
- Binding: Hardcover
- Edition: 74
- Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
- Publish date: 12/01/1998
- ISBN: 9780226907284
- ISBN10: 0226907287
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.