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Forest prairie edge : place history in Saskatchewan

Author: Merle Massie
Publisher: Winnipeg, Manitoba : University of Manitoba Press, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Saskatchewan is the epitome of the "prairie" provinces, even though half of the province is covered by boreal forest. The Canadian penchant for dividing this vast country into easily understood "regions" has reduced the Saskatchewan identity to its southern prairie denominator and has distorted cultural and historical interpretations to favor the prairie south. Forest Prairie Edge is a deep-time investigation of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Massie, Merle, 1971-
Forest prairie edge.
(CaOONL)20139085092
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Merle Massie
ISBN: 9780887557637 0887557635 0887554547 9780887554544 0887554520 9780887554520
OCLC Number: 861676585
Description: xiii, 329 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements --
Figures --
Maps --
Introduction: Edge, Place, and History --
Chapter 1. Ecotones and Ecology --
Chapter 2. The Good Wintering Place --
Chapter 3. Wood Is Scarce --
Chapter 4. A Pleasant and Plentyful Country --
Chapter 5. Quality of Permanency --
Chapter 6. Poor Man's Paradise --
Chapter 7. Accessible Wilderness --
Chapter 8. Even the Turnips Were Edible --
Conclusion: South of the North, North of the South --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Merle Massie.
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Saskatchewan is the epitome of the "prairie" provinces, even though half of the province is covered by boreal forest. The Canadian penchant for dividing this vast country into easily understood "regions" has reduced the Saskatchewan identity to its southern prairie denominator and has distorted cultural and historical interpretations to favor the prairie south. Forest Prairie Edge is a deep-time investigation of the edge land, or ecotone, between the open prairies and boreal forest of Saskatchewan. Ecotones are transitions from one landscape to another, where social, economic, and cultural practices of different landscapes are blended. Focusing on the Prince Albert region ecotone, Merle Massie delves deeply into the varied uses of the land over the centuries, from Indigenous meeting place of mixed farming community, from transportation hub to industrial resource extraction site. Along the way we meet fascinating area residents, some just traveling through and others whose presence had lasting impacts on the land through political and commercial enterprises. By studying what other historians have commonly dismissed as "scrub land," Massie shows how the edge ecotone has repeatedly offered refuge from the economic and environmental instability of the southern prairie landscape. Her lively and engaging book overturns long-held assumptions about settlement patterns, economic development, and what it means to be from the "prairies."

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