New Peoples: Being and Becoming Metis in North America

New Peoples: Being and Becoming Metis in North America

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780873514088
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date: 06/15/2001
Series: Manitoba Series in Native Hist Series III Series
Pages: 290
Sales rank: 1,034,745
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jennifer S.H. Brown is a Professor in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg, Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Peoples in an Urban and Regional Context, and Director of the Centre for Rupert's Land Studies at the University of Winnipeg. She is the author of "Strangers in Blood: Fur Trade Company Families in Indian Country" (University of Oklahoma Press, 1996).

Table of Contents

Illustrationsix
Forewordxi
Acknowledgementsxv
Introduction3
Part IMetis Origins: Discovery and Interpretation
From "One Nation" in the Northeast to "New Nation" in the Northwest: A look at the emergence of the metis19
Many roads to Red River: Metis genesis in the Great Lakes region, 1680-181537
Some questions and perspectives on the problem of metis roots73
Part IICommunities in Diversity
The metis and mixed-bloods of Rupert's Land before 187095
Waiting for a day that never comes: The dispossessed metis of Montana119
Treaty No. 9 and fur trade company families: Northeastern Ontario's halfbreeds, Indians, petitioners and metis137
Grande Cache: The historic development of an indigenous Alberta metis population163
Part IIIDiasporas and Questions of Identity
"Unacquainted with the laws of the civilized world": American attitudes toward the metis communities in the Old Northwest185
Diverging identities: The Presbyterian metis of St. Gabriel Street, Montreal195
"What if Mama is an Indian?": The cultural ambivalence of the Alexander Ross family207
Part IVCultural Life
In search of metis art221
What is Michif?: Language in the metis tradition231
Afterword243
Contributors253
Index256

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