|Paper title||Living territories: remote sensing approaches to supporting sustainable community heritage in NW Argentina|
|Form of presentation||Poster|
Indigenous and peasant communities in the Andes have shaped their landscapes over millennia. In the south-central Andes’ high-altitude valleys of NW Argentina, the enduring legacy of these activities can be seen today, despite more recent landscape changes and, indeed, the visible damage to local cultural heritage created, among other, by systematic industrial activity. Predominant development and planning strategies often undermine local, indigenous and peasant priorities and perspectives on land, resources and lifeways, and ignore the long socio-environmental and cultural histories of their territories.
The 'Living Territories' research programme makes extensive and detailed use of high-resolution multispectral and topographic satellite remote sensing products, in order to characterise the extent and nature of past local human agency, and to generate systems of data about the ancient relations between people and landscapes; from agricultural and water resources, to communication and interactions, these relationships are still be relevant for local contemporary indigenous and rural population. The data collated in this way is then used in conjunction with a range of bespoke intercultural communicative and collaborative community activities in order to explore the diverse experience of the landscape as a living entity, within complex social collectives.
Our paper will focus on the methodological approach and the preliminary results of the exploratory mass-mapping exercise undertaken as part of a first, proof-of concept phase of this research programme. The resulted information will help structuring our generation of complex datasets about the ancient relations between indigenous people and landscapes, and will allow for the exploration of methods and concepts that integrate diverse forms of encoding space that prioritise local communities and their lived landscapes. Through this programme we seek to create bridges that fill the gaps between alternative experiences, perspectives, approaches, and perceptions of the landscape, in order to promote a range of inclusive public policies on cultural heritage.