Native American Mapmaker

Aaron Carapella holding his map of the continental United States.
Mapmaker Aaron Carapella with his map of the continental United States.

Photo courtesy of Aaron Carapella.

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News Release Date: July 2, 2015

Contact: Kate Kuykendall, 805-370-2343

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. -- Noted Native American cartographer Aaron Carapella will visit a local culture center and present his work onSaturday, July 18. The National Park Service will host two presentations, at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., at Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center in Newbury Park. 

Carapella, an Oklahoma native of Cherokee descent, spent 14 years developing a map of the continental United States that pinpoints the original locations and names of more than 600 tribes, prior to their first contact with Europeans. Historically many tribal names were chosen by Europeans and may have been derogatory. 

His maps are believed to be the first of their kind and were recently featured on National Public Radio. He has also finished similar maps of Canada and Mexico. 

Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker, will discuss the process and methods for his projects. Maps will be available for purchase at the presentations and Carapella will be signing his work, if requested.

For more information, call 805-370-2301.

Directions to Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center: From the Ventura Freeway (101), exit at Wendy Drive and head south. Turn right on Lynn Road. Turn left on Via Goleta. Continue all the way to a parking lot where the road ends. Walk 0.3 miles to the Culture Center.

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Last updated: July 6, 2015

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