Navigation Chart

Our class discussion last week about visual mapping reminded me of the Navigation Charts I learned about last year in AP Art History. These wooden maps were made by the local people of The Marshall Islands in eastern Micronesia, an area with more than one thousand islands across an area of several hundred miles. The islanders made this “chart” to helped them navigate the area between all the islands. Each wooden stick represented some aspect of nature, such as wind patterns or wave swells. The shells represented where the islands were. The people made these maps before they had technology to show them where to go, so it was completely based on what they observed in the area. You can read more about these navigation charts at:

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