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A Gift of the Prairie: Writings from the Southern Shores of Last Mountain Lake

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A Cree legend tells of the Great Chief placing materials remaining after building mountains on the smooth prairies and scooping a handful of earth from beside it to create Last Mountain Lake. Scientists say the lake formed some 11,000 years ago when glacial meltwaters flowed south into the Qu'Appelle spillway.

The Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre (LMLCC), at the south end
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Paperback, 71 pages
Published August 2014 by Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre
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A Gift of the Prairie combines all of the best things a poetry anthology can be: it’s short, focused, and includes a variety of work and writers.

The anthology was the brain child of Bernadette Wagner, who served as the literary artist-in-residence at the Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre in Regina Beach, Saskatchewan. Wagner worked quite closely with the community and wanted to showcase their work, so she sent out a call for writing about the Last Mountain Lake area. According to her foreword,
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