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Canoe nation : nature, race, and the making of a Canadian icon /
Bruce Erickson.
imprint
Vancouver : UBC Press, c2013.
description
xvi, 232 p. : ill.
ISBN
0774822481 (Cloth), 9780774822480 (Cloth)
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imprint
Vancouver : UBC Press, c2013.
isbn
0774822481 (Cloth)
9780774822480 (Cloth)
contents note
Preface: Canoeing matters -- Introduction: Canoes and the nature of Canada -- Pedagogical canoes: "Force intimacy," suffering, and remembering national history -- I fish, therefore I am: recreational canoeing and wilderness travel at the turn of the century -- Regimes of whiteness: wilderness and the production of abstract space from Seton to Grey Owl -- Recreational nationalism: canoeing as political activism -- Conclusion: Future politics and the production of the nation.
catalogue key
8759494
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Issued also in electronic formats.
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Description for Teachers/Educators
This book will have wide appeal to scholars in the humanities andsocial sciences, especially in the disciplines of Canadian studies,cultural geography, environmental studies, and Native studies; it willalso appeal to a more general audience that has an interest in thesesubject areas.
Long Description
More than an ancient means of transportation and trade, the canoe hascome to be a symbol of Canada itself. In Canoe Nation, BruceErickson chronicles the story of the canoe in the Canadian imagination.He argues that the canoe's sentimental power has come aboutthrough a set of narratives that attempt to legitimize a particularvision of Canada and explores how the canoe went from being anindustrial-economic vehicle to a purely recreational vessel. FromAlexander Mackenzie to Grey Owl to Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the canoehas been overvalued as a connection to the "nature" ofCanada. Examining voyageur re-enactments, turn-of-the-century sportsmanstories, and the subsequent "greening" of the canoe, thisbook shows how this symbol authenticates Canada's reputation as atolerant, environmentalist nation, even when there is abundant evidenceto the contrary. Ultimately, the stories we tell about the canoe needto be understood as moments in the ever-contestedfield of cultural politics.
Main Description
More than an ancient means of transportation and trade, the canoehas come to be a symbol of Canada itself. In Canoe Nation,Bruce Erickson argues that the canoe's sentimental power has comeabout through a set of narratives that attempt to legitimize aparticular vision of Canada that overvalues the nation'sconnection to nature. From Alexander Mackenzie to Grey Owl to PierreElliott Trudeau, the canoe authenticates Canada's reputation as atolerant, environmentalist nation, even when there is abundant evidenceto the contrary. Ultimately, the stories we tell about the canoe needto be understood as moments in the ever-contested field of culturalpolitics.

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