Game in the Garden: A Human History of Wildlife in Western Canada to 1940

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UBC Press, 2002 - 205 pages

In what is now western Canada, humans have long used wildlife in order to survive their surroundings, better understand their natural world, and form aspects of their identity. This book identifies the imaginative use of wild animals in early western society to explore a previously neglected avenue of social history.

By examining grassroots conservation activities, early slaughter rituals, iconographic traditions, and subsistence strategies, Colpitts clearly demonstrates how western attitudes to wild animals changed according to subsistence and economic needs - through the fur trade, game and sport hunting, and farming - and how wildlife helped to shape the social relationships of people in western Canada. It is a thought-provoking work that will appeal to environmental historians, Native studies specialists, conservationists, and nature enthusiasts.

 

Contents

Amerindians Voyageurs and the Animal Exchange in the Western
14
The Territorial Period Game Crisis and the Western Domestication
38
From Meat to Sport Hunting
63
Boosters Wildlife and Western Myths of Superabundance
103
Pioneer Society and Fish and Game Protection
125
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George Colpitts has his doctorate in history from the University of Alberta. He lives in Hull, Quebec.

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