This is a call for papers for a panel for the WHA Conference in 2004. The panel will focus on wildlife and/or domestic animals, Americans' vision of those animals, the use of animals, and the relationship between humans and animals. This panel will particularly focus on how Americans--of all races--envisioned the role of wildlife and domestic stock in the development of the West. Building on the Conference theme of the the West of "imagination" and "reality," the panel papers should focus on the utilization of animals--whether for food, labor, clothing, etc.--and/or people's perspective of animals--as a part of nature, as spiritual, as a form of recretation, etc. The panel will examine how people put animals to use, how people viewed animal's role as part of the environment, and what role people saw animals fulfilling in the future of the West. The panel is purposely broad, requesting paper topics that cover a variety of regions, time periods, animals, and different peoples. Papers that take new perspectives, introduce new ways of understanding the relationship between people and animals, and utilize a variety of historical sources are particularly requested.
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