History of a Fantasy

Govier, Katherine
July 2012
Alberta Views;Jul/Aug2012, Vol. 15 Issue 6, p36
The article explores the various notions shaping the Banff National Park, formerly known as the Rocky Mountains National Park in Alberta. Federal civil servant Mabel Williams claimed that such park was deemed empty and the Indians avoided the mountains. The idea of emptiness and sacredness serves at the first fantasy of the park as of the 19th-century. As the spiritual balm commercialized, the eco-fantasy and the wildlife fantasy are adopted to depict the park.


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