Unreached People Group Section Gallery

The gallery showcases some of the GIS projects completed by section members.  For more information about each project, click on the links and feel free to contact the section member.


Ethnolinguistic Map of Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca, a mountainous state in southern Mexico roughly the size of the U.S. state of Ohio, contains some of the greatest concentration of indigenous ethnolinguistic diversity in the hemisphere. I conducted ethnolinguistic research here and in other parts of Mexico from 2011 to 2013. From field experience and using data provided by INALI (National Indigenous Languages Institute of Mexico) I created this map using QGIS 2.6.0 (Brighton) with polygons that represent the approximate spread of each known indigenous linguistic family and their subgroups throughout Oaxaca state. Care was taken to balance base map topography and thematic symbology, as Oaxaca has very rugged, mountainous terrain which, along with other geographic variable may contribute significantly to language and cultural development. The final product was prepared in the QGIS Composer at a scale of 1:500,000, and set to a print output size of Arch D (24x36 in).

Submitted by Section Member:
Drake Sprague, (email)
South America Research Coordinator, ALTECO

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