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The Archive of Place: Unearthing the Pasts of the Chilcotin Plateau (Nature/History/Society)

Turkel, William J.

Editore: UBC Press, 2007
ISBN 10: 0774813768 / ISBN 13: 9780774813761
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Titolo: The Archive of Place: Unearthing the Pasts ...

Casa editrice: UBC Press

Data di pubblicazione: 2007

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Riassunto: "The Archive of Place" examines how people reconstruct the past of a place from its material traces. These people - geologists, archaeologists, foresters, and many other specialists - are typically in search of a usable history. When their interests clash, other stakeholders are motivated to provide different accounts of the past. William J. Turkel focuses on three case studies of the Chilcotin plateau in British Columbia, where controversies in the mid-1990s allowed underlying stories to emerge. The first case explores the role of environmental science and property rights in the struggle over the construction of an open-pit mine. The second deals with conflict over a heritage trail that was dedicated to the eighteenth-century explorer Alexander Mackenzie, but which simultaneously attested to nine millennia of indigenous use and occupation. The third concerns an inquiry into the relationship between Aboriginal people and the justice system, which provided an occasion to re-examine the idea of the Chilcotin as a landscape of violence and tragedy. By supplementing written records with non-written ones, "The Archive of Place" extends the span of conventional historical research and shows the profound contribution that environmental history can make. Historians of many fields and areas will be interested in its unique methodology.


The Archive of Place weaves together a series of narratives about environmental history in a particular location -- British Columbia?s Chilcotin Plateau. In the mid-1990s, the Chilcotin was at the centre of three territorial conflicts. Opposing groups, in their struggle to control the fate of the region and its resources, invoked different understandings of its past -- and different types of evidence -- to justify their actions. These controversies serve as case studies, as William Turkel examines how people interpret material traces to reconstruct past events, the conditions under which such interpretation takes place, and the role that this interpretation plays in historical consciousness and social memory. It is a wide-ranging and original study that extends the span of conventional historical research.

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