Temagami's Tangled Wild

Race, Gender, and the Making of Canadian Nature

Jocelyn Thorpe

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  • Published: July 2012
  • Subject Listing: Environmental Studies, Canadian History
  • Bibliographic information: 220 pp., 80 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: U.S. rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
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A vivid and engaging history that shows how the much-beloved concept of Canadian wilderness is more troubling than it seems.

"An incredibly important and original contribution to the related fields of environmental history, cultural geography, and race and ethnicity studies." - Andrew Baldwin, lecturer in human geography, Durham University

Canadian wilderness seems a self-evident entity, yet, as this volume shows in vivid historical detail, wilderness is not what it seems. In Temagami's Tangled Wild, Jocelyn Thorpe traces how struggles over meaning, racialized and gendered identities, and land have made the Temagami area in Ontario into a site emblematic of wild Canadian nature, even though the Teme-Augama Anishnabai have long understood the region as their homeland rather than as a wilderness. Eloquent and accessible, this engaging history challenges readers to acknowledge the embeddedness of colonial relations in our notions of wilderness, and to reconsider our understanding of the wilderness ideal.