Fostering Climate Dialogue with Cartography: A Model for Incorporating Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Knowledge


ACLS Fellowship Program


Geography, Indigenous Nations Studies, and American Stdudies


This project is a cartographer's response to the marginalization of local knowledge in global climate change dialogues. Drawing on the findings of a 2009-2011 research project to investigate livelihood adaptive capacities and strategies in the North Pare and Kilimanjaro regions of Tanzania, it creates a multi-themed map to represent local, Indigenous and outside, Western knowledge of climate change adaptive capacity and resilience in a shared cartographic space. The purpose is to highlight places of difference and common ground across these bodies of knowledge and reveal the ways in which each may inform the other in the search for climate change strategies. The project is theoretically grounded in narrative theory, critical cartography, and Indigenous epistemologies.