Chapter 17:The Role of Experience in the Iterative Development of the Lake Huron Treaty Atlas
Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC), Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
A primary concern for critical cartography is with whether or not cartography is capable of meaningfully conveying such things as experience, Indigenous perspectives and knowledge, and critical academic approaches to the status quo. The iterative nature of the Lake Huron Treaty Atlas design and development process, including the phenomenological dimension, begins to meet this challenge. This chapter sheds some light on the role of experience in the iterative development of the Survey Journeys maps of the Lake Huron Treaty Atlas by recounting the stories of two instances of key decision-making processes that shaped the design and development of the Survey Journeys maps. It further identifies a significant component of the decision-making process: the experience associated with and giving rise to a definite, certain, productive decision that integrates past learning and questions into a focused design solution (most commonly referred to as an epiphany).
Keywords: Emergent knowledge; Incommensurability; Iterative processes; Lake Huron Treaty; Mapping epiphanies; Performativity; Two-pronged approach.
Figure 17.2 Screenshot showing J. S. Dennis survey-party camp locations set against the Vidal–Anderson Commission sketch map in the ‘In the Field’ portion of the Survey Journeys Maps in the Treaties Module of the Atlas of Indigenous Perspectives and Knowledge.
Figure 17.3 Screenshot with green dots representing Arthur Bristow's approximate camp spots and yellow dots representing J. S. Dennis' camp spots set against the Vidal–Anderson Commission sketch map in the ‘In the Field’ portion of the Survey Journeys maps in the Lake Huron Treaty Atlas.