Academic journal article Alberta History

Civilizing the Wilderness: Culture and Nature in Pre-Confederation Canada and Rupert's Land

Academic journal article Alberta History

Civilizing the Wilderness: Culture and Nature in Pre-Confederation Canada and Rupert's Land

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Civilizing the Wilderness: Culture and Nature in Pre-Confederation Canada and Rupert's Land

by A. A. Den Otter, Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 438 pp., maps, soft cover, $49.95.

In this collection of nine essays, Andy Den Otter shows how various people and groups reacted to the western wilderness and how the land was at odds with the European concept of civilization. "The essays," states the author, "illustrate that civilization, in general, had come to mean the culture of a people, a nation or a collection of nations." (p.304) Many considered it was their duty to bring this civilization to the West and turn the area into a land of cultivated fields and orchards.

Of particular interest to Alberta readers are two chapters, one comparing the Rev. Robert Rundle and the Rev. William Mason, and the other dealing with two Native ministers, the Rev. Henry Bird Steinhauer and the Rev. Henry Budd.

Rundle is seen as a man who adjusted to the wilderness and made no attempt to change it, while Mason saw it his duty to transform the Natives into farmers and thus take the first step towards introducing his view of civilization. …

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