Paiter-Surui on Google Earth: Interative Mapping for Local-Global Sociabilities and Sensibilities on Environment Conservation
On the one hand, the Surui Map confronts us with a digital representation of the nature in a new sociability experience, in this case, the territory representation is expressed and propagated through abstractions, a symbolic and interactive leisure experience, which is build through informatics applied to cartographic tools, so as to “turn tangible” the articulation and the expression of reciprocal relations between nature and culture both at local and global level. This takes place with the potential to “inform” and update on the relations between the natural world and the social in the process that engenders, here and now, this territory form and composition of nature, culture, and politic transformations.
However, the map transcends such analysis revealing an “enchanted forest”, shared in the Internet, which envisages the entertainment – the ludic – that incentivizes the feedback and collaborative construction, and what is constructed with representation layers that include myths, oral narratives, and images on the Paiter-Surui ways to relate with the forest. This includes expressing that their culture depends directly on their existence and vice-versa, and with this message, an invitation for reflection and dialogue. Could this be an attempt to “educate the foreign eye” favoring different symbolic perspectives toward nature?