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New Directions in Native American Studies #6: Contours of a People: Metis Family, Mobility, and History

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What does it mean to be Metis? How do the Metis understand their world, and how do family, community, and location shape their consciousness? Such questions inform this collection of essays on the northwestern North American people of mixed European and Native ancestry who emerged in the seventeenth century as a distinct culture. Volume editors Nicole St-Onge, Carolyn Podruchny, and Brenda Macdougall go beyond the concern with race and ethnicity that takes center stage in most discussions of Metis culture to offer new ways of thinking about Metis identity.

Geography, mobility, and family have always defined Metis culture and society. The Metis world spanned the better part of a continent, and a major theme of Contours of a People is the Metis conception of geography—not only how Metis people used their environments but how they gave meaning to place and developed connections to multiple landscapes. Their geographic familiarity, physical and social mobility, and maintenance of family ties across time and space appear to have evolved in connection with the fur trade and other commercial endeavors. These efforts, and the cultural practices that emerged from them, have contributed to a sense of community and the nationalist sentiment felt by many Metis today.

Writing about a wide geographic area, the contributors consider issues ranging from Metis rights under Canadian law and how the Library of Congress categorizes Metis scholarship to the role of women in maintaining economic and social networks. The authors’ emphasis on geography and its power in shaping identity will influence and enlighten Canadian and American scholars across a variety of disciplines.

Synopsis:

Volume editors Nicole St-Onge, Carolyn Podruchny, and Brenda Macdougall go beyond the concern with racial and ethnic identity that takes center stage in most discussions of Metis culture to offer new ways of thinking about Metis identity.

Synopsis:

What does it mean to be Metis? How do the Metis understand their world, and how do family, community, and location shape their consciousness? Such questions inform this collection of essays on the northwestern North American people of mixed European and Native ancestry who emerged in the seventeenth century as a distinct culture. Volume editors Nicole St-Onge, Carolyn Podruchny, and Brenda Macdougall go beyond the concern with race and ethnicity that takes center stage in most discussions of Metis culture to offer new ways of thinking about Metis identity.

About the Author

Nicole St-Onge is author of Saint-Laurent, Manitoba: Evolving Metis Identities, 18501914.
Carolyn Podruchny is author of Making the Voyageur World: Travelers and Traders in the North American Fur Trade.
Brenda Macdougall is author of One of the Family: Metis Culture in Nineteenth-Century Northwestern Saskatchewan.
Maria Campbell is a Metis elder, playwright, and author of the memoir Halfbreed.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806142791
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Subject:
Native American
Author:
St-Onge, Nichole
Author:
Campbell, Maria
Author:
Macdougall, Brenda
Author:
Podruchny, Carolyn
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
New Directions in Native American Studies series
Series Volume:
6
Publication Date:
20121231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 bandw illus., 8 maps, 16 tables
Pages:
520
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » US History » General

New Directions in Native American Studies #6: Contours of a People: Metis Family, Mobility, and History
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Volume editors Nicole St-Onge, Carolyn Podruchny, and Brenda Macdougall go beyond the concern with racial and ethnic identity that takes center stage in most discussions of Metis culture to offer new ways of thinking about Metis identity.
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What does it mean to be Metis? How do the Metis understand their world, and how do family, community, and location shape their consciousness? Such questions inform this collection of essays on the northwestern North American people of mixed European and Native ancestry who emerged in the seventeenth century as a distinct culture. Volume editors Nicole St-Onge, Carolyn Podruchny, and Brenda Macdougall go beyond the concern with race and ethnicity that takes center stage in most discussions of Metis culture to offer new ways of thinking about Metis identity.
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