An exploration of modern regionalism and senses of place developing among generations of settler colonial society on North America’s northern grasslands.In Grasslands Grown Molly P. Rozum explores the two related concepts of regional identity and sense of place by examining a single North American ecological region: the U.S. Great Plains and the Canadian Prairie Provinces. All or parts of modern-day Alberta, Montana, Saskatchewan, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Manitoba form the center of this transnational region.
As children, the first postconquest generation of northern grasslands residents worked, played, and traveled with domestic and wild animals, which introduced them to ecology and shaped sense-of-place rhythms. As adults, members of this generation of settler society worked to adapt to the northern grasslands by practicing both agricultural diversification and environmental conservation.
Rozum argues that environmental awareness, including its ecological and cultural aspects, is key to forming a sense of place and a regional identity. The two concepts overlap and reinforce each other: place is more local, ecological, and emotional-sensual, and region is more ideational, national, and geographic in tone. This captivating study examines the growth of place and regional identities as they took shape within generations and over the life cycle.
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Introduction: Looking Northwest from La Vérendrye Hill
Chapter 1: Parents’ Choice: Taking Root on the Northern Grasslands
Chapter 2: Small Worlds: Animal Friends, Foes, and Place Rhythms
Chapter 3: Sensing Grasses, Grains, Waters, Woods, Rocks, and Snow
Chapter 4: “The Purple Hills Beckoned”: Growing Up, Travel, Education, and Region
Chapter 5: “Old Woman Who Never Dies” and “Old Man’s Garden”: Settler and Indigenous Relations Over the Generations
Chapter 6: “All is so still—so big, I scarce can speak”: New Literature and Settler Society Aesthetics
Chapter 7: “Surely Grass Is the Great Mother of All Plains Agriculture”: Agricultural Adaptation and Grasslands Conservation
Chapter 8: “All that Vast Region of Grass Land”: The United States, Canada, and Changing Cultural Geography
Conclusion: Looking Across the Line from the Prairies and Plains