Anticipating Walking

Matt and Rick by NWMP trail post Pinto Butte July 23
Richard Kotowich and I walking near Pinto Horse Butte, 2015

For years I dreamt of walking Treaty Four territories, what is now south-west Saskatchewan. Only in 2013-2014 did I find a trail (the Traders’ Road, or North-West Mounted Police Patrol Trail), a guide and fellow walker (Hugh Henry, of the SK History and Folklore Society), and feel in my bones a reason (un-settling Settler narratives) to make it finally happen. Ken Wilson is also interested in Settler preparation for reconciliation; he and I walked together from Swift Current to Battleford in 2017 and from Mortlach to Gravelbourg in 2018. Ken recently set his scholarly lens on an article I wrote for a volume in pilgrimage back in 2013, just before that first 350-km journey across the prairies. A serious academic, Ken has highlighted the article’s best parts. In case you’re interested, I’m posting his post, here:

5 replies on “Anticipating Walking”

There are many interesting thoughts, and much to think about. Yes, most people on the prairies are usually driving here and there. However there is some walking. Ranchers in this area move cattle in the old way with cattle drives to pasture that involve horses , trucks ,four wheelers and some walking. Yesterday I saw many walkers in west block of Grasslands National Park. Some local residents walk often if weather isn’t too unpleasant. There is nothing like a walk on the prairie to renew body, mind, and spirit. Have some great walks this year.

Thanks for the comment! Yes, I’ve seen a few cattle drives around Simmie area, too, where I’m from, although I’ve only ever helped move cattle from a truck. The Grasslands NP must be beautiful right now….enjoy the end of May out on the land! I’m getting some walks in, here in the UK, in the meantime!

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