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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

This workshop is closed.


Click here for the agenda.

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.

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