Browse Cultures by Map

Browsing cultures by map in eHRAF allows you to visualize culture locations on a world map.

Begin by entering the eHRAF interface and find the navigation bar at the top of the page.

  1. Click on the tab.
  2. Click on the button.
  3. Use the +/- controls on the left of the map to adjust the map zoom, or click and drag with your mouse to move the map
  4. To browse the map by location, type a place name into the Filter Location box.
  5. To browse by Culture name, type the name into the Filter Culture box.

  6. Click on the location marker on the map to view the Culture name/OWC, geographic coordinates, and to access the Culture Profile
  7. Note: Most of the geographic coordinates assigned to eHRAF culture collections in the current map are language ‘centroids’ from the open-access language documentation site Glottolog.org. Glottolog’s language centroids are meant to represent the ‘heartland’ or center point of the area over which a language is spoken. For each eHRAF culture collection, we first identified the language spoken by the culture it describes. Some culture collections include peoples who speak multiple recognized languages (or dialects); for the purposes of this initial map, the geographic coordinates of one of those languages was chosen at random. In cases where using a language centroid did not seem to make sense – for example, in the case of a geographically constrained people who speak a widely spoken language, or cases where the focal location for a particular eHRAF culture was known from other sources, we adjusted geographic coordinates accordingly. All decisions regarding where to place the latitude-longitude coordinates of each OWC have been fully documented. We welcome corrections and additional contributions.