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[book cover] Goodlands

by Frances W. Kaye

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May 2011

9781897425985 (Paperback)
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Series
The West Unbound: Social and Cultural Studies

Subject
History: Western / Indigenous Studies

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About the Book

Amer-European settlement of the Great Plains transformed bountiful Native soil into pasture and cropland, distorting the prairie ecosystem as it was understood and used by the peoples who originally populated the land. Settlers justified this transformation with the unexamined premise of deficiency, according to which the Great Plains region was inadequate in flora and fauna and the region lacking in modern civilization.

Drawing on history, sociology, art, and economic theory, Frances W. Kaye counters the argument of deficiency, pointing out that, in its original ecological state, no region can possibly be incomplete. Goodlands examines the settlers' misguided theory, discussing the ideas that shaped its implementation, the forces that resisted it, and Indigenous ideologies about what it meant to make good use of the land. By suggesting methods for redeveloping the Great Plains that are founded on native cultural values, Goodlands serves the region in the context of a changing globe.


About the Author

Frances W. Kaye is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska. She has held two Fulbright Teaching Program positions, in Montreal and in Calgary, the first of which resulted in the book Hiding the Audience: Arts and Arts Institutions on the Prairies. Kaye divides her time between a farmstead outside Lincoln, Nebraska, and a house in Calgary, so that she may always be close to the prairie land that drives her research.

 

 

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DownloadFront Matter

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DownloadAcknowledgements

DownloadIntroduction

Download1. A Unified Field Theory of the Great Plains

Download2. Exploring the Explorers

Download3. Spiritual and Intellectual Resistance to Conquest, Part 1:
    Custer and Riel

Download4. Spiritual and Intellectual Resistance to Conquest, Part 2:
    Messianism, the 1885 Northwest Resistance, and the 1890 Lakota Ghost Dance

Download5. Spiritual and Intellectual Resistance to Conquest, Part 3:
    John Joseph Mathews' Wah'Kon-Tah and John G. Neihardt's Black Elk Speaks

Download6. Intellectual Justification for Conquest: Comparative Historiography of the Canadian and US Wests

Download7. Homesteading as Capital Formation on the Great Plains

Download8. The Women's West

Download9. And Still the Waters

Download10. Dust Bowls

Download11. Mitigating but Not Rethinking: George W. Norris, Tommy Douglas, and the Great Plains

Download12. Planning and Economic Theory

Download13. Mouse Beans and Drowned Rivers

Download14. Oil

Download15. Arts, Justice, and Hope on the Great Plains

DownloadConclusion

DownloadNotes

DownloadCredits

DownloadIndex

 

 

Excerpt from “Greener Pastures” by Linda Alberta in Prairie Books NOW, Fall 2011:

According to Kaye, an abundance of imported brome reflects the herds of cattle eating it. Why not nurture native grasses – like switch grass, little bluestem, or Indian grass? This effort could be part of the “restorative future” of the Great Plains, she believes, and traditional Aboriginal values of community and balance point the way to a sustainable future for the region. Kaye herself is committed to Native issues and justice.

“Because I teach Indigenous studies, I have a great many Indigenous friends. I go to powwows and hand games. I volunteer with Native groups in prisons, and then when people get out, I’m still part of their community.”

She hopes her book will enhance historical understanding – but for her, that isn’t enough.

“Helping people is part of being a writer, a teacher, and a citizen of the world. It’s taking responsibility for yourself and your people. For me, that is the meaning of life.”

 

“…Kaye synthesizes knowledge of the Great Plains with an almost stunning interdisciplinarity—the disciplines she draws from really are too many to list here—and, equally important to my mind, an unwavering binational Canada-US focus.”

—Robert Thacker,?Western American Literature?47.4, Winter 2013, p. 407