In my first book I proposed the notion of “a simultaneity of places” where different people “make distinct places out of a shared space … according to their respective practices and their interpretations of the space” (page 4). In fact, the character and meaning of a particular place is as varied as the different ways that people occupy, use, and give meanings to the space. In this regard, places are more about the people who inhabit them than about any inherent qualities of the places themselves.
Lately I’ve been thinking about the simultaneity of Yellowstone places. Even though it is a national park with all of the complicated and historically shifting meanings associated with that designation, Yellowstone is also (simultaneously) many other places as well. For instance, a few that come to mind:
- A wild animal park
- An awesome natural water features exhibit ground
- A recreational playground for campers, boaters, fisherpersons, hikers, climbers, skiers, snowmobilers, and other assorted adventurers
- A fitness training center
- An art studio
- A writers retreat
- A movie set
- A classroom
- A science laboratory
- A worship space
- A workplace for the nearly 4,000 employees who labor in the park
What other places is Yellowstone?—tell us about your Yellowstone places in the comments section.
[Daily post 064 of 260 in my year-long challenge.] ♨