Seeds from the steppe: Mennonites, horticulture, and the construction of landscapes on Manitoba's West Reserve, 1870-1950

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dc.contributor.supervisor Perry, Adele (History, University of Manitoba) Loewen, Royden (History, University of Winnipeg) en_US
dc.contributor.author Fisher, Susan
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-07T14:36:59Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-07T14:36:59Z
dc.date.issued 2017 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Fisher, Susie. "(Trans)planting Manitoba's West Reserve: Mennonites, Myth, and Narratives of Place." Journal of Mennonite Studies 35 (2017): 127-148 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/32487
dc.description.abstract In this study, I offer a new research direction on the history of the Canadian prairie West with a joint focus on emotional history, life stories, and horticulture among the Mennonite immigrants from imperial Russia, who first assembled villages on Manitoba’s West Reserve in the 1870s. In this study, I trace oral culture, expressions of emotion, and the inter-generational transfer and preservation of botanical materials and traditions, in order to help us understand how individuals within a distinct ethno-religious group and in a colonial setting, experienced immigration and resettlement, and constructed landscapes accordingly. In the processes of their encounter, construction, and remembering, landscapes in history entail intricate myths and emotional attachments, whether they are explicitly known or implicitly understood. I argue that traditions of horticulture and homemaking, and the myths and memories surrounding prairie settlement, are creative acts through which West Reserve Mennonites at once reinforce settler-colonial agendas of success in the Canadian prairie West, and tie themselves emotionally to both a real and imagined history as a quiet, self-sufficient, agrarian people. Memoirs, diaries, newspapers, material artefacts, and oral histories connected to people on the West Reserve demonstrate that late nineteenth century Mennonite immigrants placed significant emotional value on the plant materials they carried with them in the hopes of reestablishing their sectarian, agrarian communities on the Canadian prairie. Emotional ties to the seeds, trees, flowers, and landscapes associated with this migratory moment, despite their roots in imperial Russia, have a lasting impact on the way the prairie is imagined as an ethnic and religious home among Mennonites living on the West Reserve. en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Mennonite Studies en_US
dc.subject Mennonites en_US
dc.subject Manitoba en_US
dc.subject Horticulture en_US
dc.subject Landscapes en_US
dc.subject West Reserve en_US
dc.subject Immigration en_US
dc.subject Settler-colonialism en_US
dc.subject Myth en_US
dc.subject Memory en_US
dc.subject Emotion en_US
dc.subject Seeds en_US
dc.subject Trees en_US
dc.subject Flowers en_US
dc.subject Weeds en_US
dc.subject Herbs en_US
dc.subject Religion en_US
dc.subject Ethnicity en_US
dc.subject Modernity en_US
dc.subject Geography en_US
dc.subject Culture en_US
dc.title Seeds from the steppe: Mennonites, horticulture, and the construction of landscapes on Manitoba's West Reserve, 1870-1950 en_US
dc.degree.discipline History en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Chen, Tina (History, University of Manitoba) Eyford, Ryan (History, University of Winnipeg) Wilkinson, Lori (Sociology) Marks, Lynne (University of Victoria) en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2017 en_US

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