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Native American tribe marks presence in g-way

US: Winnemem Wintu Tribe, a Native American tribe that was taken off the map in California’s history books — and is still unrecognised by the US government — is using geospatial technology to put themselves back on the map. Recently, Eli Moore and Catalina Garzon of Pacific Institute, and Miho Kim of The Data Center, in the US, led a mapping workshop with the tribe to continue a long process of documenting sacred sites in the Winnemem’s traditional cultural territory. 
They have learnt mapping terminology and GPS skills and a dozen young people practiced their new skills while visiting four sacred sites along the McCloud River. 
All over the world, indigenous communities are incorporating mapping into their communication and outreach strategies, as they craft the stories they want to tell to the outside world about their struggles to protect land, culture, language and sacred sites. Mapping now figures into five of our eight stories: in Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, Russia’s Altai Republic, the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, and in northern California. As Winnemem leader Caleen Sisk-Franco said, “We need to create evidence to convince the Forest Service that this is a historic cultural district containing a network of sacred sites that all work together.
Source: PPGIS