Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

The Long Journey of a Forgotten People: Métis Identities and Family Histories

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

The Long Journey of a Forgotten People: Métis Identities and Family Histories

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Ute Lischke and David T. McNab (eds), The Long Journey of a Forgotten People: Métis Identities and Family Histories (Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007), 370pp. Paper. $34.95. ISBN 978-0-8892-0523-9.

This eclectic collection of essays was born of the 2003 Métis Symposium entitled 'The Métis, Canada's Forgotten People: The Years of Achievement' and its focus is on aspects of Métis community, history and culture. The collection is beautifully presented and is thoughtfully organised into three distinct sections. Besides its literary and cultural value, it is a book to dip in and out of, and read at leisure. Part one engages with 'Reflections on Métis Identities' and includes chapters by the editors David McNab and Ute Lischke. These first four chapters develop the reader's understanding of the past and current political and social status of Métis communities through a challenging mixture of short personal recollections, literary criticism and historical information.

Part two explores some of the 'Historical Perspectives' of Métis communities. Notable among the chapters are Sandy Campbell's essay '"I Shall Settle, Marry and Trade Here": British Military Personnel and their Mixed-Blood Descendants' and Karen J. Travers' chapter 'The Drummond Island Voyageurs and the Search for Great Lakes Métis Identity'. …

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