Dwell

v. To remain (in a house, country, etc.) as in a permanent residenceĀ 

n. delay, stay, stoppage

[adapted from the OED]

“You’re on Indian land, man.

You’re all on fucking Indian land, man.

This is fucking Indian land.”

 

The quiet residential street shudders,

turns its face aside into leaves and lilac bushes,

withdraws behind carragana hedges.

 

Carragana. A tough colonial,

hunkering down through the hard winters,

planted in palisades against the native winds.

[Alice Major, “Contemplating the City”]

Dwell may include: earliest habitation, people of note, tipi camps, orphanage, burial grounds, natural history, floods

Thoughts on Form

One form that we could model this after would be a nature book/field guide (sort of the opposite of a tourist’s guidebook, because locals actually use them) – think of dwellings as “native species” to the area. This would work very naturally for the natural history aspects of this category, but I think it could be adapted to encompass people and their homes as well. Imagine a field guide style biography of Donald Ross.

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