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Go West Young Man<br />By Grant Bacon<br />Courtesy of Kansas Memory www.kansasmemory.org<br />
The Enduring Frontier Heritage<br /><ul><li>The ghosts of western future and past still haunt the western present
In the past new western lands offered the full range of cultural amenities
Today creative western developers promise an escape from over civilization</li></ul>Courtesy Kansas Memory www.kansasmemor...
The Enduring Frontier Heritage<br /><ul><li>Today marketers or promoters draw on legacies of “Old West”
Longing for open vistas and “scars” of development
Landscapes are less “pure”
West became the fastest growing region of country
Western regional identity endures frontier heritage</li></ul>Courtesy Kansas Memory www.kansasmemory.org <br />
Primacy, Authenticity, Promise and Place<br /><ul><li>What is attachment to place?  Why does it exist?
Old pioneers emphasized the fact that they had been in place for longer than Indians or Hispanics
Sense of place is not always a negative or a positive
Commonly assumed Indians have a stronger sense of place.  </li></ul>Courtesy of Western History and Genealogy from the Den...
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  1. 1. Go West Young Man<br />By Grant Bacon<br />Courtesy of Kansas Memory www.kansasmemory.org<br />
  2. 2. The Enduring Frontier Heritage<br /><ul><li>The ghosts of western future and past still haunt the western present
  3. 3. In the past new western lands offered the full range of cultural amenities
  4. 4. Today creative western developers promise an escape from over civilization</li></ul>Courtesy Kansas Memory www.kansasmemory.org<br />
  5. 5. The Enduring Frontier Heritage<br /><ul><li>Today marketers or promoters draw on legacies of “Old West”
  6. 6. Longing for open vistas and “scars” of development
  7. 7. Landscapes are less “pure”
  8. 8. West became the fastest growing region of country
  9. 9. Western regional identity endures frontier heritage</li></ul>Courtesy Kansas Memory www.kansasmemory.org <br />
  10. 10. Primacy, Authenticity, Promise and Place<br /><ul><li>What is attachment to place? Why does it exist?
  11. 11. Old pioneers emphasized the fact that they had been in place for longer than Indians or Hispanics
  12. 12. Sense of place is not always a negative or a positive
  13. 13. Commonly assumed Indians have a stronger sense of place. </li></ul>Courtesy of Western History and Genealogy from the Denver Public Library www.history.denverlibrary.org/images/index.html<br />
  14. 14. Primacy, Authenticity, Promise and Place<br /><ul><li>The West is full of sacred Indian places
  15. 15. Surge of white settlers displaced Native peoples
  16. 16. One culture gained at the expense of another
  17. 17. Sense of place that white settlers developed were an assault on Indian attachments to place
  18. 18. Large Indian populations live in cities far from their cultural homelands or where they have a sense of place</li></ul>Courtesy of Western History and Genealogy from the Denver Public Library www.history.denverlibrary.org/images/index.html<br />
  19. 19. Primacy, Authenticity, Promise and Place<br /><ul><li>Claims that westerner’s raised attachments to place are tied to part of the notions of the West as a land of promise
  20. 20. Human need for self validation is a vital aspect to gaining a sense of place
  21. 21. People try to convince themselves and others that they did the right thing by coming to, going from, or staying in a specific place
  22. 22. I</li></ul>Courtesy of Western History and Genealogy from the Denver Public Library www.history.denverlibrary.org/images/index.html<br />
  23. 23. Californication in the Contemporary West<br /><ul><li>Some westerners expressed their Caliphobia by saying “Don’t Californicate Oregon” “Washington is full, get out”
  24. 24. Example of Regional Identity
  25. 25. Daniel Boonesque quality of fleeing congested spaces to enjoy wide open spaces of the West
  26. 26. Former Californians are unwestern?</li></ul>Courtesy of Western History and Genealogy from the Denver Public Library www.history.denverlibrary.org/images/index.html<br />
  27. 27. Californication in the Contemporary West<br /><ul><li>California less western than the Intermountain West and Pacific Northwest because its so racially diverse
  28. 28. New immigrants were not welcomed because they were seen as people who would be wards of the state or would drive wages down
  29. 29. Big business was supportive of unrestricted migration
  30. 30. Effect on property values?</li></ul>Courtesy of Western History and Genealogy from the Denver Public Library www.history.denverlibrary.org/images/index.html<br />
  31. 31. Californication in the Contemporary West<br /><ul><li>Anti immigrant talk and action of the late 19th and early 20th century mirror the contemporary expressions of fear aimed at Mexican and other Latino’s of the West
  32. 32. Stereotype of outsiders?
  33. 33. People often define who they are by what they are not, who they are not, and where they are not</li></ul>Courtesy of Western History and Genealogy from the Denver Public Library www.history.denverlibrary.org/images/index.html<br />
  34. 34. Change, Mythology, and Regional Identity<br /><ul><li>We can reminisce with fond thoughts about the way things used to be, but regions and cultures will continue to change
  35. 35. Western cultures and places somehow seem purer when they do not change
  36. 36. If remember the past selectively the aspects remembered are typically the positive overlooking other elements</li></ul>Courtesy of Western History and Genealogy from the Denver Public Library www.history.denverlibrary.org/images/index.html<br />
  37. 37. Change, Mythology, and Regional Identity<br /><ul><li>Communities and individuals in places with the longest heritage have richer, stronger senses of place
  38. 38. According to this rubric those with deepest regional roots are most likely to protect their cherished places from change
  39. 39. A recent change in place does not take away from the new arrival’s attachment to the mythic imagery of westernness</li></ul>Courtesy of Western History and Genealogy from the Denver Public Library www.history.denverlibrary.org/images/index.html<br />
  40. 40. Change, Mythology, and Regional Identity<br /><ul><li>By 1990 over 80% of “westerners” live in </li></ul>metropolitan areas<br /><ul><li>In 10 years, it has grown to 90%
  41. 41. These metropolitan spaces seem unwestern
  42. 42. Must move on from the presumption that sense </li></ul>of place is rooted in the land<br />The sense of nature can be at your doorstep or at least close by, even in urban settings<br />Courtesy of Western History and Genealogy from the Denver Public Library www.history.denverlibrary.org/images/index.html<br />
  43. 43. The past and the future<br /><ul><li>THERE ARE NO EASY LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM THE PAST THAT WILL GIVE A FULLER UNDERSTANDINGOF WESTERN PROMOTION
  44. 44. THE PAST DOES NOT HOLD A SURE PROMISE FOR RESOLUTIONS OF THE PROBLEMS FACING THE WEST TODAY
  45. 45. BUT…seeing how our actions and attitudes in the present reflect those of the past does help us think more carefully about the claims we make about the TRUE sprit of the West</li></ul>Above pictures Courtesy of Western History and Genealogy from the Denver Public Library www.history.denverlibrary.org/images/index.html<br />http://jorgenmodin.net/images/armored%20car.jpg/view<br />bi-lingual.com/School/virtualtourgyoshu2.htm<br />

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