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The Good Walk: Creating New Paths On Traditional Prairie Trails [Matthew R. Anderson]

The Good Walk: Creating New Paths On Traditional Prairie Trails [Matthew R. Anderson]

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A motley group's long trek across the prairies, witnessing the land, reflecting on the past, and creating new paths for the future
 
Equal parts memoir, travelogue, and manifesto. 
The Good Walk recounts the adventures of settler and Indigenous ramblers who together retrace the earliest historical trails and pathways of the prairies. Readers will share the experience of trekking thousands of kilometres on swollen feet along the Traders' Road, the Battleford Trail, and the Frenchman Trail - prairie paths that haven't been trod for over a century.

The story is steeped in Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 history and is edged with Canadian, nêhiyaw, and Métis stories, politics, and poetry. It braids Indigenous and settler perspectives together along routes increasingly emptied of the family farms and small towns that once defined a province and doesn't shy away from the 1870s and 1880s clearing of the plains nor the 2016 killing of Colton Boushie.

Travel with the group of dreamers who instigated these annual prairie pilgrimages through prairie storms, small-town welcomes, and humorous chance encounters, all while bearing witness to the evolving politics of land ownership and the racialization of access.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Regina Press (April 27 2024)
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 356 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0889779655