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. Volume XIV Number 14 . . . . March 7, 2008
Metis Legacy is a beautiful collection of historical photos, paintings, drawings, maps, stories, and songs for all ages. It is a collaborative effort by the editors who have been involved over the years in recording and sharing Metis or Michif culture and history. This volume reveals the significant Metis influence on North American culture by illuminating their often-unacknowledged contributions. The creators of this text make visible the vibrant resonance of a dynamic culture. The following excerpt illustrates this:
I believe this volume needs to be in every classroom. It reveals and celebrates an unexamined and often ignored part of our North American history. It outlines how the roots of Canada and the United States are interconnected. Although the reading level is at middle years to adult, it could be very effective at all levels because of the many photos of people, artifacts, and places. It provides a first hand account of the early years as Europeans came into contact with the First Nations of North America. This book could be used as a:
1) Teacher resource for stories, photos, songs, recipes, Metis language, and history,
It is not a history book, per se, but it could be. It is more a reservoir of the cultural aspects of the Metis Nation. It includes chapters such as:
With the help of this book, students and teachers can learn how to prepare pemmican, sing a voyageur song, learn Michif language, tan a hide, tell a legend about a Metis hero, read a myth, or play a traditional game. The book is chock full of primary sources, photos of people, places, documents, and artifacts. “This ground-breaking book, the first time that a systematic account of the Michif worldview has appeared in one volume, provides readers with holistic appreciation of what it means to be 'Michif'. With contributions from Elders, scholars and laypeople, Metis Legacy II provides the reader with a thorough overview of all the central tenets of the Michif worldview….”
I highly recommend this book wherever teachers and students want to uncover their historical roots and understand their common connection to all the people who inhabit this earth.
Gary Babiuk is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba where he teaches Social Studies Methods.
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