[Tagging] Mapping of indigenous sacred / ceremonial sites

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Thu Apr 4 06:37:02 UTC 2019

On 03/04/19 20:41, Phake Nick wrote:
> There are religion=chinese_folk and religion=vietnamese_folk for 
> indigenous religion for Chinese people and Vietnamese people, you 
> might wish to check is there similar existing value in use for 
> Australian aboriginal religious sites, if not you might wish to create 
> a new value.

My small knowledge of Australian Aboriginal sites is;

Some sites are well known and sign posted .. so those can be mapped, 
publicly available information.

Some sites are 'open' but only through a paid system. Some times these 
are simple area access fees. Other sites you must be accompanied by a guide.
I'd think those can be mapped. They do want some customers.

Some sites they do not want on a public map... difficult when there is 
construction or mining in the area. I refuse to map these.

Some sites are closed to anyone not approved by the elders... to the 
extent that the road is closed going past it for 100s of kilometres.. 
and has been for decades. I would refuse to map these, if I knew where 
they were.

What sites, in the rest of the world, are not mapped and what 
justification is there for not mapping them?

Military sites, for example, usually don't get a lot of detail.

> 在 2019年4月3日週三 05:30,Graeme Fitzpatrick <graemefitz1 at gmail.com 
> <mailto:graemefitz1 at gmail.com>> 寫道:
>     There has been a recent discussion on the Australia list regarding
>     mapping of sites that may be considered sacred by the indigenous
>     peoples of that area
>     https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/talk-au/2019-April/012538.html ,
>     & the question has been asked as to how it's done (or not!) in
>     other parts of the World?
>     Is there an OSM policy on mapping sacred / ceremonial sites?
>     Are there any other places where the local original inhabitants
>     may not want their sites mapped, & how did you work it out?
>     Thanks
>     Graeme
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