Making a Garden out of the Wilderness

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter


By using examples of European meetings with indigenous Mi‟kmaq in the Atlantic provinces of Canada in the early 17th century, I will show how the concept of wilderness was employed as a key metaphor for establishing the moral right and duty of Europeans to colonize the land, reorganizing the nomadic hunters in settled communities and remaking the mobile nature of the “savage” in the image of a cultivated plant.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • History of Religions


  • Wilderness, Mission, Nature, Culture, Ecology, Mi’kmaq, Canada
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWilderness in Mythology and Religion: Approaching Religious Spatialities, Cosmologies, and Ideas of Wild Nature
EditorsLaura Feldt
PublisherDe Gruyter
VolumeReligion and Society Seeries vol. 55
ISBN (Print)13: 978-1614512240
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

VolumeReligion and Society Seeries vol. 55

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (015017000)