Metis Song: Visiting was the Métis Way, by Lynn Whidden, Regina: Gabriel Dumont Institute, 1993.  Because illiteracy was widespread in Métis communities in past generations, an oral storytelling tradition was used-much like other Aboriginal societies-to transmit Métis culture and history.  Stories are to the Métis what books and documents are to European-based societies...

Light green book cover with a black and white photograph of a fiddler and a guitar player

Lawrence Flett and Laurence Houle.  Central to Métis musical culture, both past and present, is a fiddle and dance tradition which reflects Scottish, French and Aboriginal roots as well as other influences.  Fiddling has been so identified with Métis culture that Turtle Mountain players say, "There's no Metchif without no fiddle.  The dancin' and the fiddle and the Metchif, they're all the same."

Métis Fiddling and Dance. Flett and Laurence Houle Photo: Bill Henry

Eldon Campbell  In the late 17th century through the 18th, fiddles, fiddle music and the dances that went with them came to Canada largely with men hired by the HBC to work in the furt trade, many form the Orkney and Shetland Islands.  By the 19th centurey, this body of Scottish dance music had probably already evolved into a somewhat distinctive fiddle tradition in Quebec and Acadia, when then came west and north in the hands of French-Canadian voyageurs....

Eldon Campbell n. In the late century through the fiddles, fiddle…

The Metis Fiddle with Trent Freeman and Ry Moran

Cory Poitras and sister, Kelsey Poitras jigging at Metis crossing 2007 He jigs and plays fiddle same time

Métis Donny Parenteau sings at Canada Day Celebrations

métis [mey tee] n. a person of mixed ancestry; The Métis Raconteur n. Métis woman telling stories and sharing her culture

Métis Fiddler Alicia Blore (Photo by Brea Bartholet)-Metis Awareness Day at Durham College

My great uncle was an award winning fiddler. This is the way I grew up n I luv to jig. Métis Fiddler Alicia Blore (Photo by Brea Bartholet)-Metis Awareness Day at Durham College

Métis Fidller and Pianist at Klahowya Village Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

métis [mey tee] n. The Métis Raconteur n. Métis woman telling stories and sharing her culture

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