Inheriting a Canoe Paddle: The Canoe in Discourses of English-Canadian Nationalism (Paperback)

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If the canoe is a symbol of Canada, what kind of Canada does it symbolize? Inheriting a Canoe Paddle looks at how the canoe has come to symbolize love of Canada for non-aboriginal Canadians and provides a critique of this identification’s unintended consequences for First Nations. Written with an engaging, personal style, it is both a scholarly examination and a personal reflection, delving into representations of canoes and canoeing in museum displays, historical re-enactments, travel narratives, the history of wilderness expeditions, artwork, film, and popular literature.

Misao Dean opens the book with the story of inheriting her father’s canoe paddle and goes on to explore the canoe paddle as a national symbol – integral to historical tales of exploration and trade, central to Pierre Trudeau’s patriotism, and unique to Canadians wanting to distance themselves from British and American national myths. Throughout,Inheriting a Canoe Paddle emphasizes the importance of self-consciously evaluating the meaning we give to canoes as objects and to canoeing as an activity.


ISBN 9781442612877
Genre SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies
Format Paperback
Pages 228
Publisher Date 2013-02-25 00:00:00.0
Publisher Univ of Toronto Pr
Copyright Year 2013
Height 8.75 in
Wdth 6.0 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 0.75 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Canoe in Discourses of English-Canadian Nationalism
Series Name Cultural Spaces
Audience College/higher education
Authors Dean, Misao
Country of Origin United States

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