Unsettled Pasts

The traditional mythology of the West is dominated by male images: the fur trader, the Mountie, the missionary, the miner, the cowboy, the politician, the Chief. Unsettled Pasts: Reconceiving the West claims to re-examine the West through women's eyes. It draws together contributions from researchers, scholars, and academic and community activists, and seeks to create dialogue across geographic, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries. Ranging from scholarly essays to poetry, these pieces offer the reader a sample of some of today's most innovative approaches to western Canadian women's history; several of the themes that run throughout the volume have only recently been critically addressed. By rewriting the West from the perspective of women, the contributors complicate traditional narratives of the region's past by contesting historical generalizations, thus transcending the myths and "frontier" legacies that emerged out of imperial and masculine priorities and perspectives.

With Contributions by:

Kristin Burnett
Cristine Georgina Bye
Sarah Carter
Mary Leah De Zwart
Lesley A. Erickson
Cheryl Foggo
Nadine I. Kozak
Siri Louie
Graham A. Macdonald
Florence Melchior
Patricia A. Roome
Eliane Leslau Silverman
Olive Stickney
Aritha Van Herk
Muriel Stanley Venne
Cora J. Voyageur

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Unsettled Pasts 1
Title Page 4
Bibliographic Information 5
Dedication 6
Contents 8
Acknowledgements 12
CHAPTER 1: Introduction 14
Part One: Complicating Categories 28
CHAPTER 2 30
CHAPTER 3 60
CHAPTER 4 92
CHAPTER 5 106
Part Two: Colonial Projects and Their Legacies 112
CHAPTER 6 114
CHAPTER 7 136
CHAPTER 8 142
Part Three: Family, Region, Nation 162
CHAPTER 9 164
CHAPTER 10 192
CHAPTER 11 218
Part 4: From the Inside Looking Out 252
CHAPTER 12 254
CHAPTER 13 264
CHAPTER 14 280
CHAPTER 15 290
Part 5: Negotiating Constraints - On Leaders and Leadership 322
CHAPTER 16 324
CHAPTER 17 354
CHAPTER 18 368
CHAPTER 19: Conclusion: Unsettled Futures: Will Our Stories Be Forgotten? 376
Contributors 384
Bibliography 388
INDEX 416
Back Cover 435