[Tagging] Mapping of indigenous sacred / ceremonial sites

Graeme Fitzpatrick graemefitz1 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 3 01:02:51 UTC 2019

Thanks Clifford

Some good points there.

Suspected that the same issues may have come up in the US & Canada,
especially if the Supreme Court decides to return the lands to the various

Hoping for input from other areas



On Wed, 3 Apr 2019 at 10:08, Clifford Snow <clifford at snowandsnow.us> wrote:

> Great question. We have a number of tribal lands in Washington State in
> the US. I'd really like to see the areas mapped better but I'm reluctant
> for the very reason you are asking. I know a number of their GIS staff and
> have asked for help getting in touch with someone in the tribe that may be
> interested in mapping their community. So far I haven't gotten anywhere. My
> goal in asking for a contact is to introduce OSM to them and let the tribe
> decide what to map and what not to. Paul Norman and I have discussed
> proposing that they use their native language on features to help preserve
> their culture.
> So my answer is, introduce OSM to the local indigenous peoples in your
> area. Explain the benefits of mapping and offer to help setup training
> sessions. But other than mapping roads, forests, water and other obvious
> features, I'd let the locals map their own community. I think once we get
> them involved we will see more interest in other tribes
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