Paul Kane S Great Nor West
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In this beautifully designed and richly illustrated book, Diane Eaton and Sheila Urbanek re-create Paul Kane's heroic journey across Canada and bring to life the people, places, and events he experienced. Determined to document the lives and customs of the Indians of the Northwest, Paul Kane set out in 1845 to cross the continent 'with no companions but my portfolio and a box of paints, my gun and a stock of ammunition.' Travelling via the Hudson's Bay Company fur brigade routes, he made his way from the Great Lakes to the Pacific coast and back again. When he returned to Toronto in the fall of 1848, he brought back some 500 field sketches as well as a remarkable collection of Indian 'curiosities,' which he used as raw material for one hundred oil paintings depicting scenes of Indian life. While the carefully executed oil paintings are deliberately romanticized images of the west, the original field sketches convey Kane's immediate impressions and offer tantalizing glimpses of what he describes as the 'wild scenes amongst which I strayed almost alone.' A fascinating complement to the sketches is contained in a small diary Kane kept while on his journey -- brief and plainspoken, these entries were jotted down in his own idiosyncratic spelling and punctuation. Illustrated with a wide selection of the field sketches as well as his better-known oil paintings, this book reintroduces this remarkable artist to a modern audience.
This first ever in-depth, cross-border study of the cattle ranching frontiers on the northern Great Plains of North America argues that though they lived on different sides of the fortyninth parallel, the first cattlemen on the western Canadian prairies and in the state of Montana shared a common history.
In 732 major articles, Raymond Howgego's Encyclopedia of Exploration 1800 to 1850 attempts to detail every significant traveller, voyager or expedition that set out during the period. Its indexes provide the names of over 3000 travellers and 1000 ships, while the bibliographies cite more than 10,000 works of reference. Extensive biographical information is included for the travellers themselves, placing every expedition thoroughly in its historical context. The text is fully cross-referenced between articles, whilst every article is supplemented by a comprehensive bibliography of both primary and secondary sources.
The word "prairie" calls to mind a vista of golden grain, or Red River carts crossing a sea of waving grass. Canadians forget that the provinces sometimes called "prairie" span enormous geographical diversity, from the grasslands to the poplar bluffs of the "park belt," from the Canadianshield to the Rocky Mountains. The human geography of these provinces is equally diverse. Forging the Prairie West explores the histories of the peoples who created this complex region over the past four centuries.It begins with an account of the First Nations of the region and of the fur trading partnership they established with European traders. After two centuries of co-operation, the Europeans subjugated the native peoples. Despite the determined resistance of the Metis, led by Louis Riel, the PrairieWest became part of the new Canada. After the region entered Confederation, the North-West Mounted Police, the Canadian Pacific Railway, farmers and cattle ranchers incorporated into an expanding transcontinental economy.These topics are followed by a discussion of the Western boom after 1900 when the Canadian Prairies became the "Last, Best West" to thousands of homesteader families from Eastern Canada, the United States, and Europe. Not all the immigrants to the Prairie West were farmers. Class conflict markedthe rapidly growing cities that mushroomed along the new railway lines, most dramatic among them the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919, which focused the eyes of the world on the Manitoba capital. North-West Mounted Police swinging baseball bats rode down the strikers on "Bloody Saturday," leaving twostrikers dead and dozens wounded.Subsequent chapters recount the creation of the massive Prairie wheat marketing pools, the rise of western political parties including the Progressive Party, Social Credit, and the CCF, and the impact of the Second World War. Forging the Prairie West then examines the post 1945 transformation ofthe prairie provinces, with the emergence of the oil industry, the rise of agribusiness, and the rapid suburbanization of prairie cities. The concluding chapter tells the region's story right into the 1990s, with a discussion of burgeoning regional alienation and the growth of the Reform Party.The most striking feature of this book are the 166 paintings, drawings, period maps, and photographs. A third of them have never before been published; others have become near-iconic, but are interpreted here in original ways. These images are not simply illustrations but part of the story. Theydepict everything from the buffalo hunt, fur trade posts, and Mounties to CPR advertising, native parents camped outside a residential school, and a cover from the newspaper of the Saskatchewan Ku Klux Klan.
Provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes information abstracted from over 2,000 journals published worldwide.
Encyclopedic summary of prehistory, history, cultures and political and social aspects of native peoples in Siberia, Alaska, the Canadian Arctic and Greenland.
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