I have been actively involved in cultural mapping for many years. One significant example of my work is the cultural mapping undertaken to produce the publication Written in the Land, the Life of Queenie McKenzie. During this six-year project I refined my expertise and thinking about cultural mapping recognising through this period the opportunities cultural mapping could actually provide for struggling and remote communities.
Through the achievements of Written in the Land, I demonstrated that it was possible for cultural mapping to deliver real benefits, but that this may not be the case in all cultural mapping projects. I then undertook a research project to investigate the value of other cultural mapping projects to Indigenous communities, to find out if they were really sustainable and if they created new opportunities for the owners of the intellectual property such as career pathways or business opportunities.
I have several online and in-person training programs related to cultural mapping which you can view here.