More Words: The following text is a play on the academic form of assigning keywords to projects. A curated and intertwined selection of topics is developed in the list. It should be read poetically rather than practically. Furthermore, it should be emotive to the local and confusing for the outsider.
Key Words: Unsavory characters and savory pies, rhubarb, Saskatoon berry, that shine, the Orthodox and the Romans, First Nations, Reserves, Hutterites, Mennonites, Colonies, Mormons, Germans, Ukrainians, movement and mobility, immigrants in waves, God, land rush, promise of the promised land, stolen land, proved land, wide horizons, big sky country, prairie oasis they called it, plains versus prairies, resources, grain, cattle, oil, potash, uranium, the real unsavorys, sun burnt faces, wind whipped cheeks, cowboys and farmers, generations of practical denim, Lucky Strike beer, strike anywhere matches, grain elevators, harvest sunset, canola, cash crop, futures market, railways, pull the lines, prairie castles, knock down the elevators, grain dust, rust and good ole boys named rusty, exodus, move to the big city, eat local, the Western Chinese restaurant, ginger beef, grease, fully licensed, drink local, the hotel-bar, wide mainstreets, angle parking, few side streets, beer towns, rye towns, dry towns, hockey arenas, curling clubs and bonspiels, hurry hard, Gido on the street, baba’s in brand new SUVs, questionable heritage landmarks, questioning heritage, junked cars, car graveyards, towns as graveyards, Alberta rye, booze cruises, crown ditch, bison, bail jumping and cow tipping, boots and wild horns, pick-ups, bush parties, 22’s and Copenhagen chew.
…This may be a lengthy list possibly running the line of redundancy or confusion, but to sons and daughters of the Prairies it is all quite well known and cherished.