The Bernard Nietschmann papers document his professional career as a cultural geographer, scholar, teacher, and activist.
The bulk of the collection concerns his work with the Miskito Indians and other indigenous peoples in Central America and
worldwide. The collection includes correspondence; writings; research data, field notes, and subject files; materials related
to the Maya Mapping Project and Maya Atlas; research proposals and professional projects; teaching materials; administrative
files; personalia and biographical material; drawings, maps, and posters; and audiovisual materials.
Cultural geographer Bernard Q. Nietschmann (1941-2000) was a professor in the Department of Geography at the University of
California, Berkeley from 1977 until 2000. He was known for his field work with the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua, and his
role advising them during their negotiations for self-determination with the Sandinista government. Nietschmann also established
the Maya Mapping Project, using cultural geography to help the Maya in southern Belize produce an atlas that documented their
homeland and promoted their rights to land. He published extensive studies on sea turtles in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and the
Torres Strait, documented dangerous beaches and advocated for the safety of divers, and was a spokesperson for the Fourth
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