Area and Topographic Maps

Defining Piaroa Territory with Maps

Among the most important activities today for the Piaroa Nation is its location on the map of the world, and for those who visit their territory to respect the borders of their ancestral lands. Piaroa tribal villages have appeared on topographic and nautical maps of the Orinoco since the first Spanish explorers appeared prior to 1550. The Huottuja Foundation promotes mapmaking among community leaders and the Piaroa have a number of experienced surveyors and mapmakers.

Understanding Our Maps

Piaroa Maps are defined by the watershed or valley based on the names of the rivers and creeks that are within the territory. Other cultural and sociological factors are used to create place names.