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Mental Maps of Traditional Fishermen in the Caribbean Sea

Mental Maps of Traditional Fishermen in the Caribbean Sea

Fabian Leotteau / Colombia
Universidad de Caldas
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http://www.ucaldas.edu.co

Traditional fishermen of Old Providence, Taganga and La Boquilla, Colombia rely on mental maps as a tool to identify the best locations to fish. Fishermen read natural signs and use geometry, arithmetic and images in the mind to create mental navigation maps for fishing in the Caribbean Sea. Life experiences provide the empirical knowledge to create oral stories and life histories in the development of mental paths in the minds ideological patrimony of the fishermen. These mental paths, revealed by the researcher-artist through drawings visualized, form a metalanguage that has its own visual codes, a visual alphabet and a glossary of images.