Becoming Native in a Foreign Land: Sport, Visual Culture, and Identity in Montreal, 1840-85 by Gillian PoulterBecoming Native in a Foreign Land: Sport, Visual Culture, and Identity in Montreal, 1840-85 by Gillian Poulter

Becoming Native in a Foreign Land: Sport, Visual Culture, and Identity in Montreal, 1840-85

byGillian Poulter

Paperback | January 1, 2010

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The birth of Canadian identity and nationalism is often associated with political and military events in the twentieth century. This incisive, richly illustrated book draws upon visual images and representations of four cultural areas – sports clubs, the William Notman Photographic Studies, winter carnivals, and the Northwest Rebellion – to demonstrate that a new, native Canadian identity emerged much earlier in Montreal between 1840 and 1885.

How did British colonists in Victorian Montreal come to think of themselves as "native Canadian"? Gillian Poulter reveals that colonists adopted Aboriginal and French Canadian activities – hunting, lacrosse, snowshoeing, and tobogganing – and then imposed upon them British ideologies of order, discipline, and fair play. In the process, they constructed visual icons that came to be recognized at home and abroad as distinctly "Canadian" attributes. The new Canadian nationality mimicked indigenous characteristics but ultimately rejected indigenous players, and championed the interests of white, middle-class, Protestant males who used their newly acquired identity to dominate the political realm.

Becoming Native in a Foreign Land demonstrates that English Canadian identity was not formed solely by emulating what was British. In fact, it gained enormous ground by usurping what was indigenous in a foreign land. It will appeal to scholars and enthusiasts of Canadian history, identity, and culture.

Gillian Poulter is an associate professor of Canadian history at Acadia University.
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Title:Becoming Native in a Foreign Land: Sport, Visual Culture, and Identity in Montreal, 1840-85Format:PaperbackDimensions:390 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.83 inPublished:January 1, 2010Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:077481442X

ISBN - 13:9780774814423

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 “Brave North Western Voyageurs”: Snowshoeing in Montreal

2 “Men of the North”: Canadian Sport Hunting

3 “The National Game of Canada”: Lacrosse

4 “Our Winter Sports”: The Montreal Winter Carnivals

5 “No Tin Soldiers”: Canada's First War

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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How did British colonists in Victorian Montreal come to think of themselves as “native Canadian”? This richly illustrated work reveals that colonists adopted, then appropriated, Aboriginal and French Canadian activities such as hunting, lacrosse, snowshoeing, and tobogganing. In the process, they constructed visual icons that were recognized at home and abroad as distinctly “Canadian.” This new Canadian nationality mimicked indigenous characteristics but ultimately rejected indigenous players, and championed the interests of white, middle-class, Protestant males who used their newly acquired identity to dominate the political realm. English Canadian identity was not formed solely by emulating what was British; this book shows that it gained ground by usurping what was indigenous in a foreign land.This book, both innovative and provocative, will have a significant impact on our understanding of the relationship between sport and national identity construction in Canada. It not only will add to the scholarly debate in the field, it will help shape and direct such debate in the future. - Colin D. Howell, Professor, Dept. of History, St. Mary’s University, and author of Blood, Sweat, and Cheers: Sport and the Making of Modern Canada - 20090101