Nors 293 - the canadian north

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Nors 293 - the canadian north

  1. 1. Lawren Harris – Icebergs, Davis Strait -- 1930http://www.artcountrycanada.com/group-of-seven-harris.htm
  2. 2. National Dreams: Myth, Memory, and Canadian HistoryHistorian Daniel Francis has written oredited 20 books; he lives in North http://www.amazon.com/National-Dreams-Canadian-History- ebook/dp/images/B003R7L08EVancouver, BC.http://www.arsenalpulp.com/contributorinfo.php?index=24
  3. 3. Chapter 6 -- The Ideology of the Canoe: The Myth of Wilderness• Themes:• Canadians’ identification with the canoe – Indigenous mode of travel http://ierg.net/LUCID/resources/lesson-plans/lessonplanview?unit_planID=42 – The Group of Seven’s influence – Childhood experiences• The canoe encapsulates a “Canadian ideology.” http://www.freshtrackscanada.com/articles/canada-canoeing
  4. 4. Questions to Consider• What functions do myths fill?• Can myths do harm by distorting reality?• Does every people and/or region cling to myths?• Can you relate to Canada’s “love affair” with the canoe? – What does the canoe represent to Canadians?
  5. 5. Chapter 7 – The Great White Hope: The Myth of the NorthThesis: The North is part of Canada’s “master narrative,” a myth that unites Canadians.Themes:• The north = Canada’s destiny, freedom, conquest.• Literature and art have contributed to the myth.• Hockey corresponds with being a northern nation• Myth conflicts with reality; does that matter?
  6. 6. Questions to Consider• How does Canada’s myth of the north compare to others’ fascination with the north?• How does the concept of frontier or mythical north coincide with a Native homeland?• How does the frontier conflict with a Native homeland?• Does idealizing the north lead to bad public policy?
  7. 7. Franklin Carmichael: Mirror Lakehttp://g7scans.freehostia.com/carmichael_mirror_lake_1929.jpg

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