Ruminations on a “fisherman’s path”
Land as palimpsest
This piece looks at the layered history of a “fisherman’s [sic] path” that traverses my property in Grey County and makes its way to the Saugeen River. I am exploring the idea of land as (historical) palimpsest. My sources are: David Gibson’s surveyor field notes (1848); an archaeological report about a “point” (ancient spearhead) found along the river (1984); and my own recollections of the path and its environs. I am explore how different ‘periods’ and ‘peoples’ collide and layer and erupt as the land surrounding the “fisherman’s path” goes through natural and “man-made” changes. A temporal linearity of history gets jumbled and reassembled in interesting ways.
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