Metis women are known for their skills in beading, quilling embroidery and finger weaving. Traditional arts and contemporary artists and their art is recognized through video, print and visual files.
Changes is a downloadable storybook about a Metis child speaking to a spirit about the seasons. The art work is lovely and the reading level is at about mid-primary.
Links to a Adobe Reader PDF document that outlines the history associated with Cumberland House in Saskatchewan, with a slight focus on Metis peoples. Extremely detailed, the thirty pages include excellent maps and charts easily understood, a timeline, archeological records of the site, a bibliography and for teachers a Questions & Activities section.
This paper looks at the various working roles played by Metis in the nineteenth century - as fur traders, free traders, guides and scouts. It includes discussion questions and a bibliography.
A 42 page learning module presenting a detailed history of the Hudson's Bay Company and the development of their fur trading routes. This document, published in PDF format, contains maps of the trading system, historical timelines and information on native peoples including the Metis. The module also contains comprehension questions to assess understanding.
The Big Rip-Off is a simulation teaching unit for the classroom where students experience what Metis went through during the Metis Land Disentitlement prior to the resistance at Batoche in 1885. Resources needed for the unit - some historical booklets - can be downloaded from the same website at http://www.metismuseum.ca/browse/index.php?id=413. Other print resources it mentions can be located by searching this website.
Watch a video, download a document or view a graphic about the celebrations of the Metis people. From the 'Broom Dance' to 'Emerging Voices of Metis Women', this site provides an interactive look at this aspect of the Metis' rich culture.
The Rabbit Dance, the Duck Dance and the Fancy Jig are taught in these three videos demonstrating Metis dance techniques. There is an order form if you should wish to purchase the videos after watching them.