Over time, some idealistic landscape images become central to a culture’s definition of itself. These archetypal icons are so ingrained in national identity that successive generations accept them and their cultural importance without question.

During the twentieth century, changes in social, political, and economic spheres have altered North American worldviews. As a result, interpretation of some iconic landscapes has shifted. For example, a place that was considered a natural wonder a century ago may now be considered a tourist trap - two very different interpretations. These landscapes remain loaded with meaning, except the meaning has changed. What was once a serious cultural icon may be transformed by shifting social values into a cultural stereotype.
Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores; Department of Canadian Heritage; U.S. Department of State
The Winnipeg Art Gallery; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes Instito Nacional de Bellas Artes, Smithsonian American Art Museum

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