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Origins Of The Sash

Metis sash
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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.


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.

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


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


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


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


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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