Welcome to GeoNative!
Welcome to GeoNative! This is the site of Luistxo Fernandez, a
Basque internaut. Me and my family (wife and son) are Basque and live
in the Basque Country, a little nation divided between two states:
France and Spain.
We live in a beautiful city, Donostia (pop. 200,000). Don't try to
find Donostia in the map: Surely it's not there. You will find only
the Spanish name of our city (San Sebastián) and not the
original Basque. We think that this is a pity. And it's a pity too
when we take a map and try to figure out what is the Gaelic name of
Edinburgh, or how the Indian majority of Bolivia call their towns and
Minority and native languages are almost never present in the
maps. Geography ignores us!
We believe in the diversity of the world's cultures. We believe
that minorities, little nations and native cultures are as rich and
valuable as the big nations.
There are several ways to preserve this diversity; the treasure of
the different human cultures. Two of those ways are:
- respect to
little nations, minorities and native cultures.
- knowledge about
them; not ignoring them.
And that is the purpose of GeoNative: promote respect and increase
We focus on just one particular field: placenames, toponomy. We
try to put our names and our languages right in the map. It is a
modest effort, but for us it has great symbolic value.
GeoNative is maintained by Luistxo Fernandez. We appreciate your
comments; write us at
GeoNative is organised this
- The latest changes and additions are summarised here. You can
also see how the site has grown.
- An alphabetic index of all the placename listing we have.
- Links to other sites that contain information about little
nations, minorities and native cultures. Also links to Basque
sites. Each page also has its set of links and e-mail addressed of
the people that kindly provided the data.
- We need information about several countries, minorities and
native cultures. Please help us expand GeoNative.
- Messages people send us. Leave us your opinion; we are eager
to know it.
- Accents, diacritics sign, special characters, transliterations
for non-Latin alphabets (with graphic schemes!). We try to
do our best in this field and we have created the Alphabet Street
section (and the ASR standard for writing characters) with the
purpose to represent placenames as correct as possible.
- Many pages in GeoNative have maps of the nations or languages
included. Maps vary greatly in quality, type and size. The images
are not stored locally at GeoNative, but instead in remote URL
location. So, it can take long to download some of the maps. Some
maps (in the newest updates) will be displayed in a separate
Herria (the Basque Country)
- Get to know about our country, language and culture.
GeoNative is a bilingual site (Basque/English). Most pages are
bilingual, others have two versions, and some appear in just one
language. In the bottom of every page you will find shortcuts to the
different parts of GeoNative.
There are no general stats for visitors, apart from some simple
counters in some pages. However, we have installed a
counting visits to the Main Table Index.
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