The River Returns: An Environmental History of the Bow

TitleThe River Returns: An Environmental History of the Bow
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsVan Huizen, P
ISBN Number1084-5453
KeywordsENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, History, Native North Americans, Political activism, Rivers

in chapters 12 and 13, the authors trace the changing politics of who gets to "speak" for the Bow, from governments that placed abstract boundaries over the river for the benefit of private use in the first part of the century, to First Nations, farmers, activists, and scientists who, since the 1960s, forced governments to regulate river use. First Nations viewpoints, which are mostly derived from secondary sources and government files, and the parts of the book that draw closer to the present, where archival access restrictions limit the amount of available material, could have especially benefitted from such an expanded research methodology.