Thomas Thorton's Presentation on Southeast
Native Subsistence Commission Place Name Project.
The Alaska Geographic Alliance has produced "Alaska
Alaska in Maps is a thematic atlas of Alaska. In contrast to a
topographic-type of atlas that emphasizes contour lines and selected
settlement features, a thematic map offers maps of special topics.
Examples of thematic maps found in "Alaska in Maps" include earthquakes,
volcanoes, Native language regions, and health care facilities.
This guide describes how to use the interactive maps available on the
Alaska in Maps Internet site. Not only can maps be viewed, but tools are
available to customize the data on the map, navigate the map, and print
a hard copy.
Throughout the rest of the this guide, the term Atlas refers to the
Alaska in Maps Interactive Map website.
Round River Canada
Round River Canada has some reports on the Tlingit Taku River.
Our Land is Our Future - the Taku River Tlingit First Nation Vision and Management
Direction for Land and Resources (15.4 MB)
A Conservation Area Design for the Territory of the Taku River Tlingit FirstNation
Our Land is Our Future - Summary of the Taku River Tlingit First Nation Vision
and Management Direction for Land and Resources (7.4 MB)
The Aboriginal Mapping Network is a collection of resource pages for
First Nation mappers who are looking for answers to common questions regarding
mapping, information management and GIS. It is a network where First Nation
mappers can learn about what other native mappers are doing, and share
their own experiences throughout the aboriginal community. The AMN has
a British Columbia focus, but is not limited to this geographic region.
It is intended to be used by any group who is active in aboriginal mapping,
from the introductory level, to the advanced. It is a source for both
technical information on GIS mapping, to general information relevant
to decision makers.
Tlingit Geographical Place Names for the Sheet'Ka Kwaan - Sitka Tribe
A map of Tlingit tribes, clans, and clan houses.
Chief Kerry's Moose: A guidebook to land use and occupancy mapping,
research design and data collection.
By Terry Tobias
(available in pdf or book format)
This book is for leaders, administrators, and program personnel at the
community or First Nation government level, as well as their consultants
and external research people, and community researchers who have had experience
with similar kinds of studies.
The information and ideas contained here should be especially useful
to anyone who has the responsibilities of designing mapping projects and
providing guidance to community interviewers.
"We adopted the approach that is outlined in this guidebook,
and built an inventory of quality information about our historical uses
of Tsleil-Waututh territory. The resulting maps and documentation are
benefiting our negotiations for co-management of traditional lands, and
helping us build the relationships and understanding required for the
protection of our Aboriginal title and rights. Our land use maps are thus
aiding in the survival and growing strength of our nation, and will benefit
-Chief Leonard George, Chief of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation.
"A key aspect to documenting and substantiating our
connection to our traditional territories is proper land use mapping.
As an Aboriginal leader, I know that we need accurate and professionally
developed maps to use in consultations, negotiations and possibly litigation,
in order to protect our Aboriginal title and rights. I therefore encourage
anyone interested in carrying out a cultural mapping project within an
Aboriginal nation or community, to read this book. Whether we like it
or not, the provincial and federal governments have more plans for our
traditional territories and if we want to have a say, we need to establish
the facts about our land use. Our own maps will be central to those discussions."
-Chief Arthur Manuel, Chief of the Neskonlith Indian Band, Chairman
of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, Spokesperson for the Interior Alliance
of Aboriginal Nations, and Co-Chair of the Assembly of First Nations Delgamuukw
Implementation Strategic Committee.
"The Supreme Court of Canada, in Delgamuukw, said Aboriginal
title must be established by evidence of physical and legal occupancy,
or tenure. The principal way of establishing physical occupancy is to
plot the First Nation's land use activities on a map. Therefore, it
is important for nations and their advisors to know how to do this research
and how to do it well. Terry Tobias' work provides sound guidance in
this regard by an individual who is accomplished, credible and experienced
in this field."
- David Nahwegahbow, LL.B., Anishinabe lawyer practising Aboriginal
law in Ottawa, and he is also President of the Indigenous Bar Association
The ANKN Web site contains: The Angoon
and Kake cultural
atlases. These links require a user name and password that can be obtained
"Working on the atlas for me was a real eye-opener.
The thrust of the AKRSI is to promote Native ways of knowing. So much
of this revolves around looking at how information is woven and connected
through image and symbol. The Angoon cultural atlas CD-ROM allowed us
to explore these links through Tlingit images and symbols--regalia, art,
crests, place names, personal names, etc.--as well as through oral history.
Lydia and Jimmy George's work with clan houses helped me see how Angoon
Deisheetaan Tlingits connect their regalia and crests to personal and
social identity and how the threads of Tlingit identity always lead back
to the land. The multimedia format also allowed us to do this with Native
voices and to connect Tlingit traditions to modern science and geography
in ways that are just not possible in conventional expository writing.
When we showed it to teachers in Angoon, they immediately saw potential
applications in their classrooms as well as ways to extend the links to
other areas of the curricula and Native culture. All this is very exciting
and, I think, good for education, heritage preservation and enhancement,
and cross-cultural communication and collaboration."
- Tom Thornton
The poster includes a comprehensive listing of Tlingit tribes, clans
and clan houses, circa the late nineteenth century.
The Southeast Alaska Tribal Electronic Mapping Project
Development of Place-based Education Materials for the
Southeast Alaska Tribal Electronic Mapping Project
Objective: Provide GIS maps and technical support to
facilitate access to the Southeast Alaska Native Placenames Database,
including integration with existing data on subsistence use areas collected
by ADF&G, development of regional and community-based maps for use
in classrooms, internet mapping, and other place-based education activities.
- Integration of place-names database with regional information on
subsistence and natural resources.
- Develop integrated GIS database of Southeast Alaska Native Placenames
- Compile available GIS base layers for the region, including:
towns, coastlines, rivers, land ownership and management, ADF&G
subsistence use areas, and shaded-relief terrain map.
- Develop ArcView project files on CD-Rom illustrating the place-names
database and map products.
- Regional Map Development
- Update of the Traditional Tlingit Country map showing shaded-relief
terrain, tribes, clans and clan houses as well as Tlingit names
for selected geographic features (major rivers, bays, islands, etc)
- Community-specific mapping
- Develop high-resolution (large-scale) maps of Tlingit Placenames
for 10 communities.
- Haines / Klukwan
- Provide these maps in digital format for development of sound-file
linked “talking maps” available over the Internet or
This project will be completed by July 2003.