At Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Google today revealed that the Surui tribe of the Brazilian Amazon launches their Surui Cultural Map on Google Earth.
"This represents the culmination of a unique five-year collaboration between the Surui people and Google, which began in June 2007 when Chief Almir Surui first visited Google and proposed a partnership."
"The Surui mapmakers created POIs that reflect their traditional culture's close interdependency with their forest home. So instead of hotels and gas stations, on the Surui map you'll find the locations of parrots and toucans, or the three kinds of trees necessary to make their bows and arrows," posted Rebecca Moore, Manager, Google Earth Outreach and Google Earth Engine.
"You'll learn where to find the Acai trees, the locations of good hunting grounds for the porcao (wild pig), and where the jaguar roam. There are also sites and stories of historical battles with other tribes and with the white settlers who started arriving after "first contact" in 1969."
Here's an example POI for the Jenipapo tree:
Here is a short documentary "Trading Bows and Arrows for Laptops: Carbon and Culture":
And, here's a rich storytelling tour of the Surui Cultural Map, narrated by Chief Almir and the Surui youth who were the star mapmakers:
Also, today, Google Map Maker expands its boundries to include the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, and Switzerland - enabling people who know and live in these locations to share their local expertise.
With these additions, Google Map Maker is now available in more than 190 countries and territories.