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ERIC Number: EJ994018
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
Exploring Material Culture in the Barrenlands
MacEachren, Zabe
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v24 n4 p19-20 Sum 2012
Although the author loves winter camping and holds the Inuit culture in great regard, thinking about material culture in a northern landscape referred to as barren constitutes a daunting lesson. She wondered, when a landscape is barren is it possible at all for someone to find material, make useful items and survive? So it was she joined the Mara River Expedition with a group of fellow outdoor educators and ventured for her first time into the far north, the landscape commonly known as the barrenlands. Traveling in the barrenlands with an understanding of material culture is humbling to say the least. It is easy to want to feel part of such an incredibly beautiful landscape. Seeing thousands upon thousands of caribou wandering through this land it is hard not to think of plenitude. But once these large herds move on, only rocks and small plants remain. The land may be barren of the many material items one needs to survive, but the author realizes that this means it is full of opportunities to explore and learn in a new, subtle, but-not-so-barren way.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada