We Are All Treaty People

Prairie Essays


We Are All Treaty People

In his collection of Prairie essays-some of them profoundly personal, some poetic, some political-Roger Epp considers what it means to dwell attentively and responsibly in the rural West. He makes the provocative claim that Aboriginal and settler alike are "Treaty people"; he retells inherited family stories in that light; he reclaims the rural as a site of radical politics; and he thinks alongside contemporary farm people whose livelihoods and communities are now under intense economic and cultural pressure. We Are All Treaty People invites those who feel the pull of a prairie heritage to rediscover the poetry surging through the landscapes of the rural West, among its people and their political economy.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front cover 1
Title page 3
Copyright page 5
Dedication 6
Contents 8
Acknowledgements 10
Introduction: A Prairie Accent 14
1 The Measure of a River 24
2 Oklahoma: Meditations on Home and Homelessness 36
3 Hanley, Saskatchewan 50
4 “Their Own Emancipators”: The Agrarian Movement in Alberta 72
5 Statues of Liberty: The Political Tradition of the Producer 86
6 Populists, Patriots and Pariahs 108
7 We Are All Treaty People: History, Reconciliation, and the “Settler Problem" 134
8 What is the Farm Crisis?: Seven Short Commentaries 156
9 Two Albertas: Rural and Urban Trajectories 178
10 A University at Home in the Rural 202
Notes 216
Index 236