This book is a quick read, and keeping track of the action might take a bit of effort if your not familiar with the events it relates to. There are also problems of representation which undermine the book as a piece of scholarly history. But with some of these problems in mind, Gabriel Dumont Speaks is still a valuable volume for anyone interested in this under appreciated figure from Canadian history. Continue reading
I’ve got some projects on the go right now that I’m pretty excited about and I wanted to post some pictures of.* These are 3 that are in various stages of development. They’re acrylic paint on 16×20″, 1/8″ panel .
So I haven’t read this book. I bought it a few weeks back on an emotional high coming out of the “Alberta and the Great War” exhibit at the Borealis Gallery. The exhibit was fantastic, visceral. My senses were engaged as I took in a ‘to scale’ replica section of trench. Dog tags of the Albertan man whose story I was to follow on this journey held firmly in my slightly sweaty hand. He was in his forties and covered in tattoos, so the biographical information told me. Damn… And he joined with his son who was 18. Double Damn.
The book delivers on what it promises, an explanation of the roots of western alienation in Canada. But its a very one-sided story that plays fast and loose with its narrative. More “popular” than “history,” Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark; the West Versus the Rest Since Confederation just rehashes the same old perspectives on its topic, and ultimately reaffirms the Canadian State, rather than sounding a note of caution about how it may choose to handle future conflicts involving western resources and national economic development.