Narrative cartography is an emerging field of research that looks at the relationship between maps and stories. Whether lived or literary, plot lines connect storylines and unearth the myriad of relationships alive in an ecosystem. Narratives are set in real and imagined places, and maps hold the stories of our many paths in life. Early mapmaking joins traditional mythology, folklore, and song as a carrier of knowledge of place and other-than-human life. These customs serve a key function in society for portraying cultural worldviews and helping individuals orient to life systems. In this way, narrative cartographies influence human relationships with place and other-than-human life. The characteristics of an environment impact our experiences just as much as our experiences impact the characteristics of an environment. The places we shape, shape us.
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