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   xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Mar 13 12:26 AM

Mar 13, 2010: Inuit Map

Inuit Wood Map, to be more precise, from Kalaallit Nunaat... that's Greenland to most of us.



Not exactly a AAA TripTik, and a far cry from Google maps, although still a cut above MapQuest.
It doesn't look very detailed, does it, well, there's a reason for that...

Quote:
These Inuit charts were usually carved from driftwood and are made to be felt rather than looked at. The Inuit hold this map under their mittens and feel the contours with their fingers to discern patterns in the coastline. The land is very abstract. It is limited to “edges” that can be felt on a dark night in a kayak. Since they are made of wood they are impervious to the weather, and will float if they are dropped overboard accidentally. It will also last longer that one that is printed.
See, practical, functional, and close enough in detail.

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SPUCK  Saturday Mar 13 06:42 AM

Heep good cook fire...


I cannot find the map Dribbling Reindeer.



Griff  Saturday Mar 13 08:19 AM

Little Pete just juxtapositioned this with the doofus who blew up his hand in the weapons thread. "Humans can be smart too... of course they lived a long time ago..."



newtimer  Saturday Mar 13 09:21 AM

"It's no wonder we're lost, dear. You're holding the map upside down in your mitten!"
"Don't yell at me. Just paddle over there and ask that polar bear for directions."



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Mar 13 09:36 AM

Bah, real Inuits don't ask for no stinkin' directions.



glatt  Saturday Mar 13 10:55 AM

I'd love to see a comparison of this set against a modern map of the same coastline.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Mar 13 12:27 PM

Don't forget, none of these people saw more of Greenland at once, than they could see from a tall hill, and probably most never saw all of the coast in their lifetimes.



glatt  Saturday Mar 13 01:28 PM

Sure, but the same can be said of the maps from Columbus's time, and they are cool to look at and compare with modern maps.



squirell nutkin  Saturday Mar 13 04:11 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
I'd love to see a comparison of this set against a modern map of the same coastline.
I think it is one of these two coastlines, and I suspect there is a flexible resolution and scale to the carved map, and it must be a custom made map that might exclude certain features or landmarks that may be obvious to the maker.


ZenGum  Saturday Mar 13 05:39 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
Bah, real Inuits don't ask for no stinkin' directions.
That's right. The males know the way; the females rely on women's Inuition.


squirell nutkin  Saturday Mar 13 07:24 PM

Despite being halfway around the world, Zen, you are still able to deliver punishing blows.



Gravdigr  Monday Mar 15 02:03 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
That's right. The males know the way; the females rely on women's Inuition.
100 points.


glatt  Wednesday Mar 17 01:52 PM

I was browsing through old Popular Science magazines online and came across something similar from 1933.



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