Mar 21, 2013
Toronto Star – Fraser Taylor’s atlas of Canada’s high Arctic reads out the names of the towns to you. The real names. Cape Strathcona is Arvaaqtuuq. Peter Richards Island is Qikiqtatannak. It is, the eminent Carleton University geographer explains, a decolonization of the Nunavut map and a repatriation of the Inuit names. Taylor, who coined the term cybercartography, doesn’t stop with simple renaming. The Arctic Bay Atlas, the latest of his life’s work to remap the land according to the people who live on it, includes oral histories, photographs, slide shows, artists’ depictions and videos.