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Places of the open season

March 2017

Places of the open season

In this ethnographically-informed creative essay, Sarah de Leeuw utilizes multiple literary techniques to evoke emotions and images associated with the “colonial-impacted geographies along Highway 16” (p. 215). This area is known as the ‘Highway of Tears’ because of the nearly 20 Indigenous women who have been murdered or gone missing along it. The metaphor of an open hunting season is used to underscore the various forms of ‘colonial’ violence inflicted on Indigenous women and children.


de Leeuw, S. (2017). Places of the open season. In P. Moss & C. Donovan (eds.), Writing intimacy into feminist geography, 1st edition (Chapter 19). Taylor & Francis Group.


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