Counter-Mapping the Islands

“Long before the sails of the first English ships cast their tall shadows on our shores in 1788 we were a thriving culture with our own customs, laws and beliefs” Uncle Bob Anderson.

Counter-mapping creates new and alternative knowledge about the world and denounces dominant representations (Bruno, Didier, & Vitale, 2014, Milan & van der Velden, 2016). It is a way through which ‘deep, spatial knowledge of a people, place and time is shared and communicated’ (Bryan & Wood, 2015, p. 179).


Bruno, I., Didier, E., & Vitale, T. (2014). Statactivism: Forms of action between disclosure and affirmation. Partecipazione e Conflitto: The Open Journal of Sociopolitical Studies. PACO, Issue, 7(2), 198–220.

Bryan, J., & Wood, D. (2015). Weaponizing maps: Indigenous peoples and counterinsurgency in the Americas. New York: The Guildford Press.