Calgary's history is often difficult to define. Our past gets tangled up in cowboy imagery and tales of great pioneers, and we connect with that past in very peculiar ways. Culturally, we hold historic rituals like the Calgary Stampede, and erect monuments like Heritage Park. Officially, we welcome visitors with traditional white stetsons. And through the written word, we relive our past through historic texts and books that chronicle our roots in the Wild West. Our history, at least our popular history, seems linear and unified.