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Metis: Mixed Blood

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The meaning of the word Métis is a French word actually that means "mixed blood". When you talk about Métis, the first bloodline is the North American Indian bloodline, no matter where you live. It’s the mixture of the different cultures for us here in Alberta.

For most of us here in Northern Alberta, the first bloodline is Cree. So a lot of our people speak Cree and then it mixes with the first European's that came to the west here. So a lot of French and Scottish came west with the fur trade with the Hudson Bay and the Northwest company. So a lot of names that you hear like Desjarlais, DeLaronde, and Chartrand.

Those are your French mixtures with the different bloodlines with the First Nations. Then like for myself, I’m a Donald. So I come from a Scottish side and then there’s McDonald's and all the way down the line from there. I mean our names usually come from the European side but our first bloodlines come from the First Nations.

 

Lyle's Stories

The following stories are by Lyle Donald.  
1 Metis: Mixed Blood
Lyle defines "Metis" and explains the history behind the name.
2 Gabriel Dumont And Louis Riel
Lyle talks about the two famous Metis leaders.
3

Origins Of The Sash
Lyle explains where the Metis sash came from.

4

Story Of The Flag
Lyle talks about the history of the Metis flag.

5

The Fiddle
Lyle talks about the fiddle's importance to Metis cultural, and how that came to be.

6

Metis Dancing
Lyle talks about the origins of Metis dance: how it mixed from other cultures to become what it is today.

7

The Michif Language
Lyle explains about the Michif language: origins and its use today.

8 The Red River Cart
Lyle tells us where the Red River cart came from.



 

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