Twigs, songs, lists, dreams, stars, and stones; all map-making material:
The maps made by the inhabitants of the Marshall Islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean are three dimensional navigation charts of sea currents, made out of sticks tied together with cocnut fibers. They look like empty bird cages.
Certain nomadic Indians of the Mojave Desert navigate the vast emptiness of their homeland with maps made of songs — follow the verses and you can find your way out of the wilderness.
The Chukchi people of Siberia make road maps for sleepers, so that they don’t get lost in their dreams.
Roman maps made no attempt to portray geography; their maps are simply itineraries, resembling a modern-day train schedule, listing the succession of Roman outposts in foreign territory.
An 18,000 – year old drawing in the famous Lascaux caves in France is thought to be a chart of the night sky, which would make it the oldest known map made by humans.
The oldest surviving topographical map is a scroll made in 1150 BCE in Egypt for Ramses IV. It shows the route to a quarry in Sudan for the stone masons working on a statue of the pharoh.
And here’s the map of Me:
Now where is your map?