Origins Of The Sash
The sash comes again from our European side and mostly comes from our French side, and the common sash that we use right now is called the Assumption sash.
That’s the most common one you see, it’s the red with the yellow, green, and blue in it. But, when the Scottish Métis got together what they tried to do was use the same kind of colors of backgrounds that the Scottish used to use for their tartans. So that's why you see every once and a while you’ll see a different color kind of sash; black and green, blue, all the different colors that the Scottish use for their family lines. Like the Donald clan, has a special type of color for their clan.
So everything was done in clans with the Scottish and even though that the European men married the Indian women both sides of the culture were accepted and up to the kids. So a lot of the Métis that you see out there right now they have both of the First Nations blood and also the European side that they represent, and they are caught in the middle.
The following stories are by Lyle Donald.
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