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Maps by Touch

Research on weird maps led me to this:

“…wood was, and is, the most distinctive medium used by the Greenland Eskimos in mapmaking. Blocks are carved in relief to represent the rugged coastline of Greenland with its fjords, islands, nunataks and glaciers, the shapes of the various islands being linked together with rods. In order to reduce the size of the blocks, the outline of the coast is carried up one side and down the other.”

Leo Bagrow, History of Cartography. Revised and enlarged

By R.A. Skelton. Cambridge, Harvard U. Press, 1960, p. 27.

Three-dimensional maps of coastlines were carved of wood as long as three hundred years ago. These Inuit charts were usually carved from driftwood and are made to be felt rather than looked at.
The land is very abstract. It is limited to “edges” that can be felt on a dark night in a kayak. Since they are made of wood they are impervious to the weather, and will float if they are dropped overboard accidentally.

Thu, March 19 2009 » ?!?!?

2 Responses

  1. Tacit Hydra March 20 2009 @ 3:18 am

    That? Is AWESOME.

  2. Ted March 26 2009 @ 1:32 pm

    For a more abstract but similarly interesting kind of map, take a look at the Marshall Island stick charts.

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