Proposal Title

SESSION 3.2: They Saw Things Like a State "And Then the Waters Rose": High Modernism and Memories of the Arrow Lakes

Presenter Information

Takaia Larsen, Selkirk CollegeFollow

Presentation Type

Individual paper

Location

IB 1010

Start Date

3-5-2019 9:00 AM

End Date

3-5-2019 10:30 AM

Abstract

Based in oral historical testimonies, this paper will discuss important elements of life in the rural communities along the Arrow Lakes prior to the construction of the High Arrow Dam (now the Hugh Keenleyside Dam) and the creation of the Arrow Lakes Reservoir. Through a discussion of community connectedness along the Lakes prior to hydro-development and the disappearance of those connections after the completion of the project, it will show that the "high modernist" developments promised by WAC Bennett's government never materialized in the Arrow Lakes region. Indeed, the resulting "development" actually destroyed the pre-existing connectedness of this region through decreased production, degraded service and hindered communication.

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May 3rd, 9:00 AM May 3rd, 10:30 AM

SESSION 3.2: They Saw Things Like a State "And Then the Waters Rose": High Modernism and Memories of the Arrow Lakes

IB 1010

Based in oral historical testimonies, this paper will discuss important elements of life in the rural communities along the Arrow Lakes prior to the construction of the High Arrow Dam (now the Hugh Keenleyside Dam) and the creation of the Arrow Lakes Reservoir. Through a discussion of community connectedness along the Lakes prior to hydro-development and the disappearance of those connections after the completion of the project, it will show that the "high modernist" developments promised by WAC Bennett's government never materialized in the Arrow Lakes region. Indeed, the resulting "development" actually destroyed the pre-existing connectedness of this region through decreased production, degraded service and hindered communication.