We Are All Treaty People

We Are All Treaty People

Prairie Essays

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Provocative essays explore the poetry and political economy of life in Canada’s rural West.
In his collection of Prairie essays-some of them profoundly personal, some poetic, some political-Roger Epp considers what it means to dwell attentively and responsibly in the rural West. He makes the provocative claim that Aboriginal and settler alike are "Treaty people"; he retells inherited family stories in that light; he reclaims the rural as a site of radical politics; and he thinks alongside contemporary farm people whose livelihoods and communities are now under intense economic and cultural pressure. We Are All Treaty People invites those who feel the pull of a prairie heritage to rediscover the poetry surging through the landscapes of the rural West, among its people and their political economy.

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The ten essays written by Epp (political studies, U. of Alberta, Canada) and collected here consist of political, personal, and poetical reflections of life in the North American (primarily Canadian) Prairie West. If the title indicates the overarching theme, it can be said to be the common histories, identities built on land and kinship, and societal marginalization shared by indigenous peoples and by the descendants of farmer-settlers, commonalities that suggest that the agrarian descendants of the settlers and the Indians are "all treaty people." Other topics include the radical-democratic politics of the prairie farm movements, reflections on the shaping of his own family's prairie identity, divergent trajectories of urban and rural Alberta, and the role of the university professor in the rural prairie West. Distributed in the US by Michigan State U. Press. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Edmonton, AB : University of Alberta Press, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780888645067
Characteristics: xii, 235 p. ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Prairie essays


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