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The Backcountry as Home: Park Wardens, Families, and Jasper National Park’s District Cabin System, 1952-1972 Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
Narratives
National Park Policy
Jasper National Park
Park Warden Service
Cabin
Home
Backcountry
Place and space studies
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Eckert-Lyngstad, Nicole J
Supervisor and department
Palmer, Andie Diane (Anthropology)
Examining committee member and department
Reichwein, PearlAnn (Physical Education and Recreation)
Young-Leslie, Heather (Anthropology)
Department
Department of Anthropology
Specialization

Date accepted
2012-12-11T09:12:40Z
Graduation date
2013-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This research examines home life as experienced by single and married National Park Wardens, their partners and children who resided year-round in the backcountry of Jasper National Park (JNP) between 1952 and 1972. Since the establishment of JNP in 1907, park wardens were responsible for maintaining, monitoring and patrolling large backcountry districts, and used cabins as home bases and overnight shelters. Although the district system officially ended in 1969 and no wardens have lived year-round in the backcountry since 1972, these historic cabins remain in the park and are maintained for use by current park personnel. I have drawn upon interviews with twelve retired park wardens and family members, archived and onsite cabin register entries and travel to three selected former district cabins to explore their sense of home and the challenges and pleasures of this way of life.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3FD7P
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