An Alberta Bestiary: Animals of the Rolling Hills

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University of Calgary Press, 2004 - History - 89 pages
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Bestiary: A compendium of animals or birds, real or mythical, with a description of their habits and appearance. Most important to a bestiary is the religious or moral lessons that each animal can teach people. In this context, the book seeks to build on the traditions of the medieval bestiary and considers the unique animals of the Alberta Mountains and foothills. From the perspective of a rancher who has an intimate knowledge of the landscape and animals, the feel and texture of natural life are illuminated in prose that is both stirring and humorous. With the author's sensitivity to the rhythms of the land, the animals and the heavens, the reader is drawn into the natural world where connections to historical knowledge underscore a passionate concern for the environment and humankind's responsibility to the world we share with all creatures.
 

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Contents

Foreword
1
Introduction
2
Prologue
6
Interlude
8
Bears
11
Interlude
19
Weight of a Bear on Water
20
Deer
21
Willow
55
Interlude
57
Horns and Antlers
58
Farmer
59
Izaak
61
The Natural Circle
63
The Sound of the Wind
64
Cat Shooting
66

Interlude
25
Wolf
27
Crossover Unity Affinity Wild Tamed
28
Fear interlude
32
Wasps and Flies
33
Interlude
34
Butterfly
35
Geese
38
Bulls
39
Interlude
47
The Cow and the Cat
49
Interlude
54
Interlude
67
Temple Grundun
68
Noahs Ark
70
Wild Animals dogs who have to be polite
71
Buckie Secret Spots
72
Tribute to Buckie
76
Interlude
80
Birds
82
Harmony
86
The Garden of Eden
89
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About the author (2004)

Zahava Hanen ranches near Longview, Alberta and is an active environmentalist who has published numerous books on nature and her experiences as a female rancher.

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