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Temagami’s Tangled Wild

Race, Gender, and the Making of Canadian Nature

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Nature and Nation in a “Little Known District amid the Wilds of Canada” / Graeme Wynn

Introduction: Welcome to n’Daki Menan (“Our Land”)

1 Tangled Wild

2 Timber Nature

3 Virgin Territory for the Sportsman

4 A Rocky Reserve

5 Legal Landscapes

6 Conclusion: A Return to n’Daki Menan

Notes; Bibliography; Index

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