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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Game in the Garden

A Human History of Wildlife in Western Canada to 1940

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Game in the Garden

A Human History of Wildlife in Western Canada to 1940

The shared use of wild animals has helped to determine social relations between Native peoples and newcomers. In later settlement periods, controversy about subsistence hunting and campaigns of local conservation associations drew lines between groups in communities, particularly Native peoples, immigrants, farmers, and urban dwellers. In addition to examining grassroots conservation activities, Colpitts identifies early slaughter rituals, iconographic traditions, and subsistence strategies that endured well into the interwar years in the twentieth century. Drawing primarily on local and provincial archival sources, he analyzes popular meanings and booster messages discernible in taxidermy work, city nature museums, and promotional photography.

216 pages


Table of Contents

Illustrations and Tables

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 Amerindians, Voyageurs, and the Animal Exchange in the Western Fur Trade

2 The Territorial Period, Game Crisis, and the Western Domestication Movement

3 From Meat to Sport Hunting

4 Boosters, Wildlife, and Western Myths of Superabundance

5 Pioneer Society and Fish and Game Protection Conclusion

Appendix: Independent Conservation Associations in Western Canada

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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