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Aritha van Herk

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At the age of 17, long before he met Charlotte Small, explorer David Thompson travelled to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and spent the winter of 1787-88 with a large camp of Peigan, the guest of an elder named Saukamappee. Their long winter’s conversation took place near present-day Calgary, where writer Aritha van Herk lives. “That iconic moment informs my exploration and imagining of Western history,” says van Herk, whose book Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta inspired a new permanent exhibition at the Glenbow Museum. “I’m convinced that the secret story of David Thompson and Charlotte Small haunts Canadian history in the same way that Thompson’s great map of the Northwest haunts the character of the West.”

Last updated: July/August 2007

Photo: TRUDIE LEE PHOTOGRAPHY




Articles to which Aritha van Herk has contributed (7)

Mountains feast

Seeking the warm heart of winter in the kitchens of Banff and Canmore

Canadian Geographic Travel Magazine
Source: Canadian Geographic Travel, November 2008
Department: TasteTrip
Contributors: Aritha van Herk

Article ID#: 1340
Travels with Charlotte

The marriage of David Thompson and Charlotte Small helped define a nation

Canadian Geographic Magazine
Source: Canadian Geographic, July/August 2007
Department: Feature stories
Contributors: Aritha van Herk,

Article ID#: 534

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How the West was divided

A line on the map created Alberta and Saskatchewan. What if it hadn’t been drawn?

Canadian Geographic Magazine
Source: Canadian Geographic, January/February 2005
Department: Feature stories
Contributors: Aritha van Herk

Article ID#: 941
Lasting rites

A photographer captures the ebb and flow of community history through Prairie cemeteries

Canadian Geographic Magazine
Source: Canadian Geographic, September/October 1998
Department: Feature stories
Contributors: , Aritha van Herk
Article ID#: 2242
Reviews

Canadian Geographic Magazine
Source: Canadian Geographic, March/April 1997
Department: Book reviews
Contributors: Aritha van Herk, , , ,
Article ID#: 2565
Windswept seduction

Canadian Geographic Magazine
Source: Canadian Geographic, January/February 1997
Department: Sense of Place
Contributors: Aritha van Herk
Article ID#: 2594
Reviews

Canadian Geographic Magazine
Source: Canadian Geographic, July/August 1996
Department: Book reviews
Contributors: Aritha van Herk, ,
Article ID#: 2691












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