Participatory Mapping


Participatory mapping is a mapping process with community members that helps to make visible the association between land and local communities, at times incorporating local languages and stories. Counter-mapping is a related practice in that it resists colonial maps and supports alternative means of place-making and land-based knowledge sharing.


In The Last of the Shor Shamans, Alexander Arbachakov and Luba Arbachakov discuss maps with Indigenous Elders to trace existing and historic hunting grounds, sacred places, and animal migration routes, as well as the locations of rare and endangered plants and animals.


  • Arbachakov, A., & Arbachakov, L. (2008). The last of the Shor Shamans. John Hunt Publishing.
  • Eades, G. L. (2015). Maps and memes: Redrawing culture, place, and identity in Indigenous communities (Vol. 76). McGill-Queen’s Press-MQUP.
  • Sletto, B. (2012). Indigenous rights, insurgent cartographies, and the promise of participatory mapping. Portal, Issue 7, 2012.
  • Thapa, K., & Thompson, S. (2020). Applying Density and Hotspot Analysis for Indigenous Traditional Land Use: Counter-Mapping with Wasagamack First Nation, Manitoba, Canada. Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection, 8(10), 285-313.
  • Etongo, D. B., & Glover, E. K. (2012). Participatory resource mapping for livelihood values derived from the forest in Ekondo-Titi subregion, Cameroon: a gender analysis. International Journal of Forestry Research, 2012.
  • Kalibo, H. W., & Medley, K. E. (2007). Participatory resource mapping for adaptive collaborative management at Mt. Kasigau, Kenya. Landscape and Urban Planning, 82(3), 145-158.