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A Wilder West

Rodeo in Western Canada

by Mary-Ellen Kelm

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list price: $95.00
edition:Hardcover
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category: History
published: Nov 2011
ISBN:9780774820295
publisher: UBC Press
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A controversial sport, rodeo is often seen as emblematic of the West's reputation as a “white man's country.” A Wilder West complicates this view, showing how rodeo has been an important contact zone -- a chaotic and unpredictable place of encounter that challenged expected social hierarchies. Rodeo has brought people together across racial and gender divides, creating friendships, rivalries, and unexpected intimacies. Fans made hometown cowboys, cowgirls, and Aboriginal riders local heroes. Lavishly illustrated and based on cowboy/cowgirl biographies and memoirs, press coverage, archival records, and dozens of interviews with former and current rodeo contestants, promoters, and audience members, this creative history returns to rodeo's small-town roots to shed light on the history of social relations in Canada's western frontier.

About the Author
Mary-Ellen Kelm is Canada Research Chair and Professor in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University.
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Contributor Notes

Mary-Ellen Kelm is a Canada Research Chair in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University. Her previous books include Colonizing Bodies: Aboriginal Health and Healing in British Columbia. She is an avid animal trainer, competing in agility and obedience with her dog, Rusty. She lives in North Vancouver with her husband, Don, and spends her summers outdoors, hiking and paddling in British Columbia.

Editorial Reviews

By using rodeo as the central contact zone, Kelm provides a very interesting and nuanced way of examining settler and Aboriginal relations in Western Canada...Kelm's book makes an important contribution to Canadian history. She successfully demonstrates that Western Canadian settlers and Aboriginal peoples did not operate in a static fashion or interact solely along the rigid lines of the colonization narrative.

— Essays in History

Mary-Ellen Kelm’s book is a welcome addition to a somewhat sparse scholarly literature on the history of rodeo in Canada…overall, this study is well conceived and filled with personalized stories to keep readers interested and to deepen knowledge about localities. Kelm fulfills her intent to demonstrate the palpable “linkages between cultural display and political action” in terms of colonial history and has also created a good resource for studies about masculinities linked to sport and identity...

— American Historical Review

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A Wilder West: Rodeo in Western Canada

This book explores rodeo’s historical, cultural and socio-economic importance to communities of Western Canada [southern Alberta, the BC Interior and the Peace River regions]. The subject of rodeos and larger celebrations such as stampedes, enables the author to present her thesis that rodeos were not so much a re-enactment of conquest of settlers over indigenous peoples but rather points of contact and encounter in small towns, rural and Aboriginal communities. They are also a place where racial groups of both genders display strengths, skills and abilities. Rodeos actively constitute communities and contribute to their economic survival. All types of events and levels of competition, amateur to professional, are included. The restricted involvement of women, First Nation and settler, in rodeos is also chronicled.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2012-2013.

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