The Cultural Landscape & Carl Sauer

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Carl Sauer and Cultural Landscape-02

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My students have a running joke that if they don’t know the answer to a question, a good attempt is Carl Sauer. “When in Doubt, Carl Sauer,” they say. This geographer is all over our textbooks. We see him in unit 1 when we discuss the cultural landscape and as a critic of environmental determinism, and then we see him again in the Culture unit, and yet again in Agriculture with

concepts surrounding the origin of domesticated plants. I gave Dan Harris, my illustrator of people, his famous pipe smoking image of Carl leaning up against a farm post for reference. I made sure to tell Dan that the pipe was a must.

Needless to say, I usually also need to explain the term superimposed during this lesson as well. Hopefully the blue sketched buildings in the back capture the idea of “forms being superimposed on the landscape.”

-Until next time.


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