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Rediscovering the Prairies free pdf In the early days, Plains Indians travelled on foot across the vast Canadian prairies, with only fierce, wolf-like dogs as companions. Later, with the arrival of Europeans, horses and canoes appeared on the scene. In Rediscovering the Prairies, Norman Henderson, a leading scholar of the world's great temperate grasslands, revives the earlier modes of prairie travel. He journeys along 325 kilometres of Saskatchewan's Qu'Appelle Valley by dog and travois (the wooden rack pulled by dogs and horses used by First Nations to transport belongings), then by canoe, and finally by horse and travois. Henderson's often humorous descriptions of his attempts to find and train a dog and a horse highlight the difficulties involved in recreating traditional travel methods. Henderson interweaves his own adventures with the exploits of earlier travellers, such as La Verendrye, Alexander Henry and Peter Fidler, and the experiences of fur traders and others who struggled across this strange and forbidding landscape. His captivating account will foster a better appreciation for, and a deeper understanding of, the natural and human history of the Canadian prairies.

About Norman Henderson

Norman Henderson was born in Saskatchewan in 1960. He studied in Saskatchewan, Germany and Britain, where he completed a doctorate in environmental sciences. He currently works in climate research at the University of Regina. He lives in Regina.

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Author : Norman Henderson
Publisher : Heritage House Publishing Co Ltd
Data Published : 01 October 2005
ISBN : 1894898362
EAN : 9781894898362
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 214 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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