Out of Eden Walk

The Out of Eden Walk is a 21,000-mile journalistic endeavor to create a global record of human life at the start of a new millennium as told by villagers, nomads, traders, farmers, soldiers, and artists who rarely make the news.  Sponsored and hosted by National Geographic Society, the project is led by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Paul Salopek who is walking the path of human migration across the globe, and recording what he encounters in the form of writing, photographs, video, and audio.

Grant Funding:  Funded by the Knight Foundation and the National Geographic Society

As a partner in this project the CGA’s role includes mapping Paul’s walking route from his GPS data, custom thematic map creation, essay writing and cartographic education by the CGA's Jeff Blossom.  Toward the project's educational focus, Jeff has provided hands on cartographic education centered around the Walk.  Watch the 2020 video Mapping The Human Journey for more on this effort.  Jeff has taught mapping to the following K-12 classrooms:

2021: 142 6th Graders in 4 virtual sessions.  Concord Middle School, Concord, MA.  |  54 4th graders from Merriam Elementary School in Acton, MA in one virtual session.

2020: 96 6th Graders at Concord Middle School, Concord, MA.

2019: 115 6th Graders at Concord Middle School, Concord, MA | 105 High school seniors, New York City Labs School |  70 6th Graders, Meriam Elementary School, Acton, MA | 80 7th Graders, Robert Adams Middle School, Holliston, MA. 

2018: 122 High school seniors, New York City Labs School  |  90 High school freshman, Lewiston High School, Lewistin, Maine  |  75 7th Graders and 90 6th Graders, Robert Adams Middle School, Holliston, MA  |  180 students at the Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai, India | 60 9th grade students at the Sri Sri Academy in Kolkata, India.  Read more on the project activities in India.

2017: 115 High school seniors, New York City Labs School  |  70 6th Graders, Meriam Elementary School, Acton, MA  |  80 6th Graders, Robert Adams Middle School, Holliston, MA.

2016:  22 High school students, Baltimore, MD  |   125 High school seniors, New York City Labs School  |  82 7th Graders, Lincoln Middle School, Portland, Maine  |  94 6th Graders, Meriam Elementary School, Acton, MA  |  80 6th Graders, Robert Adams Middle School, Holliston, MA.

Maps made or contributed toward by Jeff Blossom and other CGA members are listed below in reverse chronological order.  Additional maps made for this project can be found in the Map Room.  For more on The Walk visit the National Geographic Out of Eden Walk website.   

Echos of the Invisible (2021) This film by cinematographer Steve Elkins features The Greatest Walk map, and includes an extensive interview with Paul Salopek and additional footage of Paul on The Walk.

Walking Yangon (2021) - An article and story map by Jeff Blossom features a 10-mile hike through Myanmar’s biggest city that reveals a coup’s toll on a once lively metropolis.  Additionally, Abigail Sutcliffe replicated this story map using the new ArcGIS Story Map builder, see Abi's work at this link.

The Kinks Map (2021) - A story map depicting unexpected twists on the Out of Eden Walk.

24,000 Miles: From Harvard to Eden (2021) - An article in the Harvard Crimson's publication Fifteen Minutes on Harvard's involvement with the Out of Eden Walk.

A Human Approach to Human Migration (2020) - Cartographic renderings and ruminations on human migrations by Samantha Carr, with an introduction on the OOEW site by Jeff Blossom.

Police Stops (2019) - An article and web map about mapping police stops on a global walk.

Walking Kolkata (2018) - A story map and article about daily life—and death—in India’s "city of joy."

Mapping 10 Million Footsteps (2016) - An article and various maps showcasing some of these footsteps.

Walking Baku (2015) - An interactive map with photos and narration about a walk through Baku, Azerbaijan.

Walking Tbilisi  (2015) - An interactive map with photos and narration about a walk through Tbilisi, Georgia.

The Tblisi Summit (2015) - An article with maps about The Out of Eden Walk's staff meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia, and  a story maps A Trip to Tbilisi and A June Walk in Tbilisi that is also part of a tutorial on creating an interactive story map that contains narrated, geotagged photos, and a GPS track.

Compass Bearings  (2014) - An essay on mapping GPS data.

Turbulent Origins (2014): An video (3 mins.) detailing the history human conflict in The Levant. 

 

Compass Bearings: Mapping Ancient Seabeds (2014): An essay with maps.

Walking Jerusalem (2014) - An interactive map with photos and narration about a walk through Jerusalem.

Compass Bearings: Mapping Year One of the Out of Eden Walk (2014): An essay with maps.

Segmet Metrics (2013): Splitting the walk into two segments for comparision.  An essay and map.

Walking Jeddah (2013): An interactive map with photos and narration about a walk through Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Pilgramage Routes (2013): Home to Islam’s two holiest cities — Mecca and Medina — the Hejaz has long been a fabled destination for travelers. Trace the ancient routes of pilgrimage, trade, and war through this interactive map.

Afar Terrain (2013): A shaded relief map of Paul's route through this region.

The Greatest Walk (2013).  Depicts exposed sea beds at the human migration started, and the rough path humans blazed.Out of Eden Walk poster

A Walk through Time (2013): Map visualizing the estimated timeline of early human migration.  The first map made for the Out of Eden Walk project.

a walk through time