Settler Colonialism and its Implications in Alaskan Wilderness
Keywords:Settler-colonialism, Alaska, wilderness aesthetics, frontier ideology
The study in hand is an attempt to shed light on the mechanism of settler colonialism in the distant terrain of Alaska. It addresses the monopoly of this cultural and political framework which dexterously alters the very fabric of the occupied land. Settler-colonialism transforms a territory by demolishing its existing structures. It marginalizes the native inhabitants to the extent that their presence becomes a historical artefact. This phenomenon jeopardizes the natives’ claims to their subsequent land by distorting their cordial relationship with ecology. For theoretical framework, this research is reliant on Lorenzo Veracini Settler Colonialism and Walter L. Hixon’s American Settler Colonialism: A History. The research is qualitative and descriptive in character. It employs textual analysis as a tool to explore the desired objectives in the selected fiction The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. It culminates in the finding that US has treacherously employed the settler-colonial agenda in Alaska to expand its territorial hold to this distant region of the world. America has exploited the wilderness aesthetics and frontier ideologues along with major settler colonial infrastructure to reshape this territory according to her own aspirations.