Tanya Ball and Ann De León: Mexican Colonial Indigenous “Maps”: Decolonizing Multilayered Narratives of Sacred Place and Time.

In this talk we will address the visually rich and multilayered narratives of place contained in some Codices  (painted manuscripts and books) produced by various Mexican indigenous tlacuilo’s (painter-scribes) during the colonial time period. Case studies will include the renowned Codex Mendoza (1542) frontispiece map of Tenochtitlan (today Mexico City) vis a vis its European counterpart, the Nuremberg Map (1524) and the largest encyclopedic compendium of Aztec (Mexica) culture and religion, the Florentine Codex  (1569) to name a few. Questions that will be addressed include: What survives and what is transformed in indigenous map-making production during colonial times? How can we attempt to decolonize previous western interpretation of space and re-read indigenous ways of knowing in these maps? Is the current digitization and the making of some of these codices into apps breaking down barriers of accessibility and understanding or is it perpetuating larger colonial constructs?

Catherine Shier: History of Natural Area Mapping in Edmonton.

The City of Edmonton has developed an Urban Primary Land and Vegetation Inventory (uPLVI). This natural asset tracking inventory provides city managers with detailed information about sensitive and unique ecological communities found throughout Edmonton. This inventory is instrumental to effectively manage the City’s environmental and ecological assets through the land development process.  In addition, it is currently being used to support important city projects such as the Environmental Sensitivities Project and Master planning in the River Valley: projects that are designed to help move Edmonton closer to its sustainability goals over the next 30 years.