Storied Landscapes

Storied Landscapes

Ethno-religious Identity and the Canadian Prairies

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Storied Landscapes is a beautifully written, sweeping examination of the evolving identity of major ethno-religious immigrant groups in the Canadian West. Viewed through the lens of attachment to the soil and specific place, and through the eyes of both the immigrant generation and its descendants, the book compares the settlement experiences of Ukrainians, Mennonites, Icelanders, Doukhobors, Germans, Poles, Romanians, Jews, Finns, Swedes, Norwegians, and Danes. It reveals how each group’s sense of identity was shaped by a complex interplay of physical and emotional ties to land and place, and how that sense of belonging influenced, and was influenced by, relationships not only within the prairies and the Canadian nation state but also with the homeland and its extended diaspora. Through a close study of myths, symbols, commemorative traditions, and landmarks, Storied Landscapes boldly asserts the inseparability of ethnicity and religion both to defining the prairie region and to understanding the Canadian nation-building project.

Through a close study of myths, symbols, commemorative traditions, and landmarks, Storied Landscapes boldly asserts the inseparability of ethnicity and religion both to defining the prairie region and to understanding the Canadian nation-building project.


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The provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta were settled by many groups of immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who retained their religious and cultural traditions. Swyripa (history, U. of Alberta, Canada), a wonderfully engaging writer, organizes their experiences and engagement with the land into broad thematic chapters that coherently describe the lives of people whose ancestors were in the Ukraine, Scandinavia, Germany, Poland, Romania, and Russia, and whose religious beliefs--including Mennonite, Doukhobor, and Jewish--had caused many of them to suffer discrimination in their native lands. The building of churches and shrines, celebration of festivals and memorials, and founding of schools and monasteries are a central theme. Filled with a wealth of individual examples, this history is notable for conveying in depth the history and profound impact of settlers who, by not being French or English, have previously been seen as marginal. Distributed in the US by Michigan State U. Press. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Winnipeg : University of Manitoba Press, c2010
ISBN: 9780887557200
Characteristics: xi, 296 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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