Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Maritime Packers - French Connection

Its interesting to me that in the interview in the previous post, mention of how Maurice set up dual factories at Caribou and Magdalen Islands. It seems to me to be a pattern that likely was established over many centuries, and if Wikipedia is correct, then likely the island is home to one of the oldest continuous Acadian settlements. I find it especially intriguing how Caribou seems to be a hub of activity for pretty much the entire Maritime network, reaching all the way to Newfoundland and Labrador. From Caribou shipments were made across the US border and overseas. Reinforcing within my mind the idea that Caribou is a significant crossroads that acts as a large node within a complex network. The design draws upon the existing pattern of cross provincial and country borders and looks to house the many travelers that continue to follow the path set out by many of their ancestors before. "The Walbiri people in Australia, a society of contemporary hunter-gatherers, demonstrate how habitual passage over traditional lines of movement invests landscape with significance and mythic content.”1 Such is the significance of Caribou Harbour, where the mythic content is yet to be fully understood and unravelled.

Rogers, Elizabeth Barlow. 2001. Landscape design : A cultural and architectural history. New York: Harry N. Abrams.

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