The prose is gripping, the analysis is incisive, and the narrative is so chilling that it leaves its reader stunned and disturbed. Ce blog a pour but de documenter notre aventure éducative. McNeill, author of Mosquito Empires. I found this book to be really challenging on a number of levels. Swiftly shifting the discussion between locales and First Nations affected—given the expanse of time and territory the book spans—can also be disorienting for the reader at times. But the negatives far outweigh the positives. It sheds light on how disease, acquired immunity, and eventually vaccinations played significant roles in who survived and how different groups dealt with new realities of reduced populations and the need to support those who were left behind.
I think some assumptions are made about how much the reader knows about North American Indigenous history and it left me feeling a bit lost in places. Clearing the Plains is heavy, sobering reading, laced with chilling snapshots of desperation, callousness, and catastrophe. Then again, it might also be a good metaphor for the chaos that was unfolding on the Plains. In combination with the knowledge that ~100 reserves in Canada still do not have potable water in 2015, it is heart breaking to know how long these concerns have been unaddressed. Daschuk skillfully manages to trace ways in which human economic and political activity assisted and, in some instances, halted the march of disease.
Let's talk about pros: the topic of this book is very important, and helps illuminate the rift between First Nations and basically the rest of Canada. Despite being only 186 pages long, this is a hard history to read. It is noted by the author that this book came from his doctoral work, and results in a fairly academic tone and style. This is fearless, evidence-driven history at its finest. For days after reading it, I was unable to shake a profound sense of sorrow. Readers interested in getting the most out of this book, but that have less prior knowledge on Indigenous history and ethnography may find themselves having to stop and familiarize with certain events, places, and terms from other sources of information.
All those hours my school teachers spent on talking about the importance of the railway to Confederation, and not one peep was given to this harrowing story. When we were told of any mistreatment of natives, it was always in contrast to the Americans. It's a historical picture, but I'd really like to pull it into the present. The Dominion, however, seemed only open to negotiations when settler development was imminent. Otherwise, you may be banned from posting. This convenient narrative—soon accepted as orthodox in the medical and political establishment—made the incredible loss of life on the plains a question of biological predisposition rather than one of state policy. Fenn, author of Pox Americana Required reading for all Canadians.
So well researched and written even if you know a lot, this book will teach you more about the devastating impact of colonialism on Indigenous people over the last 400 years. Examines impact of eco-geography on population health of mostly North American aboriginal people, both before and after contact with Europeans, including from the Spanish from central America the routes to the equine culture, vs the foot cultures. Users must register, and give their full name and place of residence, which are displayed alongside each of their comments. Clearing the Plains is a tour de force that dismantles and destroys the view that Canada has a special claim to humanity in its treatment of indigenous peoples. When we were told of any mistreatment of natives, it was alway I was infuriated by this book. The issue is what to do now that we know this. This presentation seeks to explain the historical role of food and disease in the lives of First Nations peoples in the Western part of Canada.
It is worth noting that while densely packed, this book does not provide the c A thorough account of a devastating part of Canadian history, the legacy of which is still pervasive but largely disregarded in current context. In combination with the knowledge that ~100 reserves in Canada still do not have potable water in 2015, it is heart breaking to know how long these concerns have been unaddressed. Daschuk shows how infectious diseases and state-supported starvation combined to create a creeping, relentless catastrophe that persists to the present day. Forums are public places and your comments could offend some users. In Clearing the Plains, Daschuk analyzes the history of disease and starvation that plagued Aboriginal peoples on the plains upon the arrival of white people to Canada and North America. This is fearless, evidence-driven history at its finest. In its report for 2007—08, only Iceland, Norway, and Australia ranked higher than Canada in the criteria considered by the United Nations.
For days after reading it, I was unable to shake a profound sense of sorrow. Infuriated that I managed to make my way all the way through an honours history degree in Canada and still only have a tentative idea of the extent of the Canadian government's explicit role in the subjugation and genocide of Canadian First Nations. What many historians of the settlement of the prairies have said is that, although this book does not document a great deal of new information, it brings it together in one place a detailed and readable way that has introduced this history to a more mainstream audience and, in doing so, has shifted the way that many people view how the prairies were settled. While Canadians see themselves as world leaders in social welfare, health care, and economic development, most reserves in Canada are economic backwaters with little prospect of material advancement and more in common with the third world than the rest of Canada. It was a dream that came at great expense: the present disparity in health and economic well-being between First Nations and non-Native populations, and the lingering racism and misunderstanding that permeates the national consciousness to this day.
Essential reading for everyone interested in the history of indigenous North America. Biographie : Professeur à la faculté de Kinésiologie et des sciences de la santé, Dr. The best thing about this book is seriously the concluding chapter, when the author actually pulls it out of the hat. Detailing in first hand accounts and archival documents Daschuk tirelessly recreates the atmosphere and conditions of early Indigenous communities and tribes that existed at the dawn of the European invasion of the land we would come to know as Canada. The coming of white settlers and traders was felt on the Plains long before whites actually reached the area. He is a thorough writer and supports every point with numerous examples. The Anishinabe expanded their fur trade participation onto the plains, Daschuk illustrates, when the once-dominant Assiniboine were decimated by disease.