The Secret of Your Name

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Canada's Metis people are the only mixed-blood people on the earth recognized by every level of government as being a nation. The Metis have their own language, flag, song and stories. They have exciting traditions and a proud history. Sadly, their journey has been one of hardships, denial and often lies. In The Secret of Your Name, these three men open their hearts to all those who care to know what it means when it is said that we are proud to be Metis!

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Overview

Canada's Metis people are the only mixed-blood people on the earth recognized by every level of government as being a nation. The Metis have their own language, flag, song and stories. They have exciting traditions and a proud history. Sadly, their journey has been one of hardships, denial and often lies. In The Secret of Your Name, these three men open their hearts to all those who care to know what it means when it is said that we are proud to be Metis!

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A moving poem gives voice to the yearning of a Metis man for the names of his Native ancestors. In modified ballad form (sometimes rhymed, sometimes unrhymed), the poet addresses these grandmothers whose names have been obscured by racism and cultural self-hatred. "I don't know how to tell you / I can only say I'm sorry / That no one ever told me / That you were Anishnaabe." Metis artist Weber provides monumental paintings of both imagined historical scenes of French trappers and First Nations people in the wilderness and portraits of key Metis figures, including the author, with candy-striped Hudson's Bay Company blankets and coats providing a visual through-line. Fleury's Michif translation runs alongside the English text, and the accompanying CD (featuring noted Metis fiddler John Arcand) presents both read aloud. An introduction contextualizes the poem in history. The white text set on mostly earth-brown backgrounds is occasionally difficult to read, but this provides a window on a culture largely unknown in the United States, though its burden will be felt by many whose pasts have disappeared in the Melting Pot. (Poetry. 10 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889954397
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Language: Creoles and Pidgins- other
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

 

David Bouchard is one of Canada's best-selling and award-winning authors. To date, he has over two dozen best-selling books, including Nokum is My Teacher, and An Aboriginal Tale. Dennis Weber was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and lived most of his life in Calgary before moving to Kelowna, B.C. When he’s not painting, teaching, searching for artifacts, photographing reference material or exhibiting his art, Dennis sits on the board of Kelowna’s Métis Children and Family Services. 

John Arcand is known as the “Master of the Métis fiddle.” He has spent his lifetime promoting and preserving the traditions of Fiddle Métis and Dance and old time fiddling. He currently lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

 

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