Academic journal article Alberta History

The Identities of Marie Rose Delorme Smith: Portrait of a Metis Woman, 1861-1960

Academic journal article Alberta History

The Identities of Marie Rose Delorme Smith: Portrait of a Metis Woman, 1861-1960

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The Identities of Marie Rose Delorme Smith: Portrait of a Metis Woman, 1861-1960

by Doris Jeanne MacKinnon. Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, 208 pp., illus., soft cover, $34.95.

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The author discusses three identities of Marie Rose Smith, that of a woman, an historian, and an author. She deals in detail with her birth in 1861 and early life among the Metis and Native People of the Manitoba region, then follows her experiences when she married trader Charlie Smith in 1877. After a life on the plains she and her husband settled at Pincher Creek where they had a ranch.

Marie Rose spent four years in school at Red River where she learned to read and write in English and French. But obviously this was not the extent of her learning for in later years she became quite proficient as an author writing in the English language.

The author calls her an historian but later, and perhaps more accurately, she calls her a folk historian. …

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