List of Physical Visualizations
and Related Artifacts

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. Category: Physical model  Tags: Ammassalik, cartographic, tactile map, wooden map