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The final installment of Volume Two considers the traditional mapping practices of societies in Africa, the Americas, the Arctic, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. Of the published volumes thus far, this one most fully elaborates the broad definition of ‘map’ laid out in Volume One. Despite incredible variations in geographic setting and cultural practice this book clearly demonstrates strong parallels between the cartographic practices of these traditional societies. 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.

Volume Two, Book Three contains 500 pages, 24 color plates, 267 halftones, 196 line drawings, and 5 tables.

Honorable Mention, Geography and Earth Sciences, Association of American Publishers
& Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division American Historical Association, James Henry Breasted Prize, presented at the 2000 Annual Meeting

See all awards for other volumes here.

About the Editors
David Woodward (1942–2004) was Arthur H. Robinson Professor of Geography Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he taught for more than twenty years. Along with the late J. B. Harley, he was founding editor of the History of Cartography Project. In 2002, the Royal Geographical Society honored him with the Murchison Award for his lifelong contribution to the study of the history of cartography.

G. Malcolm Lewis, formerly a reader in geography at the University of Sheffield, UK, edited Volume 2.3 in the series, with David Woodward. Mr. Lewis has received numerous awards and fellowships for research interests that include the historical perception of landscape, Native American mapping, and cartographic communication. He currently resides in Sheffield, England.