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1885 – Ammassalik Wooden Maps

These three-dimensional maps were carved by inuits from the Ammassalik Fjord in Greenland, and used as eyes-free guides for sailing. The left one shows coastline, the right one shows a sequence of offshore islands. These inuit communities had had no direct contact with Europeans before a Danish explorer met them in 1885 and was shown the wooden maps.


  1. Bill Buxton (2007). Sketching User Experiences. page 36.
  2. Wikipedia. Ammassalik wooden maps.

Added by Pierre Dragicevic on February 28, 2012. Category: Physical model Tags: , , ,