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In the context of examining the cultural intersection between western settlers and the native aboriginal people in west Canada Rodeo along with other popular culture or recreational sport were often being dismissed or ignored but Mary-Ellen Kelm was able to analysis and dissect the history between the two group of vastly different people through the scope of the rodeo and its development over the courses of the century Through Rodeo Kelm was able to show us the changes occurred overtime in various other subjects in West Canada most notably the gender the impact mainstream commercial success and race how these factors influence the development of the Rodeo sport and beyond Furthermore Kelm also dissect how culture were shaped among different individuals and groups by examining the contact zone Kelm illustrated how the Rodeo or western cowboy culture was created and how contact zone served as a melting pot intentional or not for both group of people to find common identity or culture among them Wilder West Rodeo in Western Canada despite being an academic book but it is very well written instead of overwhelming readers with statistic or convoluting ideaspremises In all six chapters in the book Kelms argument were laid out simplistically and most importantly she also strengthen her arguments with sufficient amount of resources and materials such as different personal excepts and photos furthermore by putting the spot light on various significant Rodeo riderpopular Rodeo idol such as Tom Three Person were able to solidify that Rodeo is neither a white man or Settler sport the Postcolonialism undertone were prevailed in the book as Kelm questioned issues such as the racism and exploitation on the aboriginal people frequentlyThe first chapter of the book examine the stampedes and early rodeo movement in the late 19th and early 20th century predated the professionalization of the Rodeo sport also the reasons that drove the aboriginal people to participate these events as well as and the
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