Mapping of the ǂKhomani San connections to their lands in the southern Kalahari was a crucial part of the work done in preparation for the 1999 land claim, and continued after the claim as a community cultural heritage project. Maps and posters were made of San place names, areas of special importance for living as well as for hunting and gathering, and the location of San graves. All possible features of both tangible and intangible heritage that could be shown in graphic form were recorded – in stories, directly onto map sheets and on film. All of this material, from original notes to sound recordings to drafts of the different maps and posters is also now in the archive.
The methodology of this work at first came from Canadian experience of land claims research. Hugh Brody, having worked on cultural mapping projects in the Canadian North, was invited to work with Nigel Crawhall and South African San Institute (SASI) on the southern Kalahari land claim. In due course, the methodology for this project took its own path, with Nigel Crawhall and Hugh Brody, helped by Bill Kemp and Valter Blasevic, who collected GIS data and digitised the materials. This resulted in a series of printed maps and posters. Within the San community, all the elders and a number of younger men and women worked tirelessly on the preparation of data for the maps and posters, including Dawid Kruiper, Jakob Malgas, Anna Swarts, Petrus Vaalbooi, Elsie Vaalbooi, ǀUna Rooi, Kheis Brou, Vytjie ǀAbaka Koper and Magdalena Kassie.