Mountain Cairns A series on the history and culture of the Canadian Rockies (series)
The University of Alberta Press June 2006
Travel / Canada / Social Science / Women's Studies / Sports & Recreation / Mountaineering
Paperback pages 508
6 x 9 inches
This Wild Spirit
In 1912, Mary Vaux, a botanist, glaciologist, painter, and photographer, wrote about her mountain adventures:
“A day on the trail, or a scramble over the glacier, or even with a quiet day in camp to get things in order for the morrow's conquests? Some how when once this wild spirit enters the blood…I can hardly wait to be off again."
Vaux's compulsion was shared by many women whose intellects, imaginations, and spirits rose to the challenge of the mountains between the late-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. This Wild Spirit explores a sampling of women's creative responses—in fiction and travel writing, photographs and paintings, embroidery and beadwork, letters and diaries, poetry and posters—to their experiences in the Rocky Mountains of Canada.
Colleen Skidmore, Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta, teaches the history of photography and the history of art in Canada.