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Northwest Region Google Mapping and Language Workshop, February 22 & 23, 2017 | AILDI - American Indian Language Development Institute

Northwest Region Google Mapping and Language Workshop, February 22 & 23, 2017

The American Indian Language Development Institute in collaboration with Google Earth Outreach Trainer’s Network, Cayuse Technologies and Tamastaslikt Cultural Institute announces the Google Mapping and Language Workshop, February 22 & 23, 2017 Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Pendleton, Oregon

 Registration Fees

Registration fees: Early bird - $200 before February 3; Regular - $250
Fees must be paid in advance by check, money order or purchase order. Sorry, we cannot accept credit cards. Payment should be made out to: The University of Arizona and mailed to: AILDI, College of Education, 1430 E. Second Street, Tucson, AZ 85721-0069. To obtain a W-9 form contact coe-aildi@email.arizona.edu or contact 520-621-1068.
Registration deadline: February 13, 2017

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Click here for the agenda.

Click here for more information on the workshop topics, including specific Google tools.

The workshop will use free Google geospatial technologies (Google Earth Pro, Google My Maps, Tour Builder, Fusion Tables) as a digital platform for indigenous mapping. These tools can help you illustrate the close relationship between your communities and your land, enabling you to tell your own stories, in your own languages, from your own perspective. Increasingly, Indigenous peoples around the world have utilized geospatial technologies to defend and claim ancestral lands, manage natural resources, plan economic development, and preserve their cultures.

Pater Surui MapPaiter Surui Cultural Map (Source: Paiter Surui)

The integration, communication, and interpretation of Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous languages into geospatial technologies highlight the necessity for technologies to be culturally appropriate, sensitive to the processes that contextualize data collection, and community controlled. We will discuss best practices for controlling data privacy, as well as tools that can be used to share data with either closed groups or disseminate maps to the public, depending upon the goals and sensitivity of the mapping project.

Indigenous Mapping
(Source: CBC News)

The Google Mapping and Language Workshop will be led by Dr. Cynthia Annett (cynthiaannett.org) from Google Earth Outreach Trainer's Network, and Dr. Tyler Peterson.


The workshop will be held in the training room of Cayuse Technologies located at 72632 Coyote Rd, Pendleton, Oregon, 97801. Cayuse Technologies is located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.


You are responsible for finding and paying for your own hotel accomodations. A block of rooms at a special rate is available at the Wild Horse Resort and Casino. Hotel rates for the Tower rooms are $89; rates for the Courtyard rooms are  $80.96. To reserve rooms call 800-654-9453. At the recording press #1. Ask for the Google Mapping room block. Reference booking ID # 11423. Or, go to the  Wildhorse website and book online using Booking ID # 11423 and placing that number in the promo code section in the upper right .The rates do not include a 9% room tax. The block of rooms will only  be held until January 30th.

There are a variety of hotels located in Pendleton, minutes away from the workshop site. Available hotels can be found by going to the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce hotel list.

What do you need to bring to the workshop?

1. Don’t forget your laptop!

You will need to bring a laptop to the workshop. By all means bring your tablets and smart phones as well, but don’t plan to rely solely on your mobile devices for hands-on activities. A laptop will be required for mapping and data management. Laptops that have been purchased within the last 4 years are recommended.

2. Bring your data! 

We strongly encourage that you come to the workshop with your own data, or at least an idea of the kind of data that you will need to use. Your workshop experience will be greatly enhanced if you can apply your newly gained expertise directly to your own data. 

3. Install the proper software on the laptop you will bring to the workshop, prior to arrival.

You will receive more information on the software when you enroll.

Potential Outcomes:

Dr. Annett collaborated with the Kaw Nation Cultural Committee in Kansas to produce the Kansa Language and Landscape Project, an oral history project of the Indigenous presence in the Kansas River.

Kanza Project

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