Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

October 1997


Published in Great Plains Research 7:2 (Fall 1997). Copyright © 1997 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


The Doukhobor story has had an abiding interest for students of group settlement on the Canadian Prairies. Doukhobors were pacifist Russian peasants and some of the more exotic of Clifford Sifton's sturdy immigrant farmers. The 7,400 Doukhobors who came to Canada established some fifty-seven villages on three reserved blocks of prairie and parkland in Saskatchewan. By 1918 the original villages were abandoned and the reserved lands were lost. Carl Tracie's study of Community Doukhobor settlement in Saskatchewan seeks to explain "past cultural landscapes-the distinctive marks on the land which people of differing cultures make in the process of occupying and managing varying physical environments" (p. x).