How to use, cite, and acknowledge Countermapping Cockpit
Countermapping Cockpit was created as an open access platform through which traditional knowledge could be documented and shared with those seeking to design and implement conservation measures or conduct ecological, anthropological, geographical or other field research. Everything on this website (uncited data, media, writing) has been produced by us and is free to use.
We upload .svg versions of our maps and attempt to provide media in the highest resolution possible that still allows us to maintain a functioning, responsive website. If you require higher resolution, please send us a request in the Contact Us section. We request that you acknowledge Countermapping Cockpit if you use any material from the website, and make appropriate land acknowledgements. As we compile and clean data, some will also be published in data repositories such as Mendeley. Please site these according to the repository citation.
Land acknowledgement is critical to understanding the history of colonialism and beginning to address its deeply-entrenched legacies. The historical, spatial, and cultural ruptures caused by the transatlantic slave trade has left us with the additional burden of a definition of indigeneity and traditionality that is deliberately anti-black in its refusal to include African and diasporic communities and its punitive approach to emergence and transplantation by colonisers. If we do not begin to acknowledge the history and people of Cockpit Country, it is not just a disservice to these communities that have persisted in the face of widespread colonialism, it is an open door to the neoliberal extraction and exploitation that continues to besiege Cockpit Country and its residents today.
Land acknowledgement protects more than the Maroons, it protects the entire island of Jamaica. Land acknowledgements without justice, equality, respect and reconciliation that must accompany it isn't worth the paper it is printed on or the expulsion of breath from which it is uttered. Let the acknowledgement of land also come with an acknowledgement of the oppressive, systemic, capitalistic conditions under which your praxis and research is conducted and a commitment to begin working towards anti-racist, anti-oppressive, anti-exploitative forms of knowledge-production and environmentalism.
If you use land acknowledgements to occlude your use of traditional communities as your baggage handlers and measurement-takers, then we urge you to reconsider the way you design and conduct research before attempting to wallpaper over such cracked surface. To read more about land acknowledgement, their purpose, and guidance on how to create an appropriate, meaningful land acknowledgement, see the following guides below:
Why Land Acknowledgements Matter
A guide to land acknowledgement
TO CITE US:
COUNTERMAPPING COCKPIT (2020): OPEN-ACCESS, ONLINE, INTERACTIVE MAPS OF COCKPIT COUNTRY SOUTH: [INSERT TITLE OF MEDIA USED OR WEBPAGE QUOTED]. AVAILABLE AT WWW.COUNTERMAPPINGCOCKPIT.COM/[insert webpage]. ACCESSED ON: [INSERT DATE]
OUR LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
COCKPIT COUNTRY IS HOMELAND OF ACCOMPONG MAROONS: LAST RECOGNISED COMMUNITY OF LEEWARD MAROONS WHO FOUGHT AGAINST BRITISH TROOPS FOR INDEPENDENCE IN THE FIRST MAROON WAR, WHICH ENDED IN 1738-39 WITH THE SIGNING OF THE PEACE TREATY. THE WIDER COMMUNITY OF LEEWARD MAROONS WERE DISPOSSESSED OF THEIR LAND, DRIVEN INTO HIDING, AND EXILED BY BRITISH TROOPS IN THE LATE 1700S, BREAKING THE TERMS OF THE TREATY. MAROONS HAVE RESIDED IN COCKPIT COUNTRY SINCE 1673; SPIRITUAL SITES SUCH AS OLD TOWN ARE THE SACRED BURIAL GROUNDS OF THE MAROON ANCESTORS WHO HAVE, FOR CENTURIES, FOUGHT TO KEEP COLONIALISM FROM DESTROYING THE FOREST AND ITS PEOPLE. MANY NEARBY COMMUNITIES SUCH AS ELDERSLEY AND WHITEHALL ALSO RESIDE IN COCKPIT COUNTRY AND HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CULTURAL, ECONOMIC, AND SPIRITUAL LIVES OF THE PEOPLE OF COCKPIT COUNTRY. WE ALSO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE WINDWARD MAROON COMMUNITIES OF MOORE TOWN, CHARLES TOWN, AND SCOTTS HALL. ACCOMPONG MAROONS AND THEIR NEIGHBOURS NEAR AND FAR CONTINUE TO FIGHT AGAINST RESOURCE EXTRACTION AND FOR RECOGNITION, DIGNITY, AND SOVEREIGNTY.