Temagami's Tangled Wild: Race, Gender, and the Making of Canadian Nature

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UBC Press, Feb 3, 2012 - Social Science - 220 pages
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Temagami’s Tangled Wild traces the processes and power relationships through which the Temagami area of northeastern Ontario has become emblematic of Canadian wilderness. In this sophisticated analysis, Jocelyn Thorpe uncovers how struggles over meaning, racialized and gendered identities, and land have actually made Temagami into a site of wild Canadian nature. Despite the fact that the Teme-Augama Anishnabai have for many generations understood the region as their homeland rather than as a wilderness, the forestry and tourism industries, as well as Canadian law, have refused to acknowledge this claim. Instead, the concept of wilderness has been employed to aid in Aboriginal dispossession and to create a home for non-Aboriginal Canadians on Native land.


An eloquent critique and engaging history, Temagami’s Tangled Wild challenges readers to acknowledge how colonial relations are embedded in our notions of wilderness, and to reconsider our understanding of the wilderness ideal.

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An enjoyable and brief case study of the way in which conceptions of nature, gender, and race are inextricably intertwined. Thorpe states that her "argument--that the Temagami wilderness is a product ... Read full review


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Jocelyn Thorpe is an assistant professor of women’s studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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