Drawing Power: Conflict Between Western Cartography and Indigenous Illustration

Cloe Whittaker


The way people represent land through visual and symbolic means communicates values that are deeply entrenched in their culture. This article looks at the values embedded in Western cartography as well as those in rock and body painting and tattooing of the Nlaka’pamux. The article also explores the power structures that are inherent in the production and performance of each visual representation. It also examines the power structures that result from the use of these two uniquely developed symbolic representations of lands between culture groups.

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