Mapping the Hopi landscape for cultural preservation

Saul L. Hedquist, Stewart B. Koyiyumptewa, Wesley Bernardini, T. J. Ferguson, Peter M. Whiteley, Leigh J. Kuwanwisiwma

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For the Hopi people, named places on the landscape localize, commemorate, and transmit traditional knowledge within a spatial context used to reference and explain Hopi history and culture-geographic information the Hopi Tribe seeks to preserve. This paper discusses the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office's use of geospatial technologies during recent collaborative efforts to document important places and associated cultural information. It considers how GIS and other geospatial technologies have been used to produce maps and digital imagery in a manner guided by traditional landscape perspectives and native epistemologies. Mapping Hopi lands provides many benefits, foremost being the preservation of place-related knowledge for future generations of Hopis. Geospatial technologies also facilitate Hopi efforts of heritage management by providing a medium that effectively demonstrates use of traditional landscapes to non-Hopi audiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-58
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Geospatial Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Applied Anthropology
  • Cultural Preservation
  • GIS
  • Geospatial Technology
  • Hopi
  • Landscape

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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