Culture and art shaped by geography
At the time of its creation in 1905, the province of Saskatchewan was considered as alien to the development of arts as the surface of the moon. With a provincial economy based on agricultural production and resource extractions such as petroleum, forestry and minerals, the “square” province seemed a very unlikely base for the development of artistic sensibility or belles-lettres.
But geography, as well as history, is an eccentric determinant of culture, and it appears that this most inhospitable of climates and most challenging of landscapes have produced an artistic harvest that in a scant hundred years has made Saskatchewan home to a most original and lively regional culture.
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