Louis Riel was the leader of the Metis people – descendants of families with one European parent and one Native one. Worried that their land and rights were being taken away, Louis Riel led them through a rebellion. He escaped capture by fleeing the to States. He returned to Canada, where a few years later he joined another rebellion in the prairies. He eventually was captured and, after a trial, was hanged for treason. (Here is the Heritage Minute about Mr. Riel.) Find out more about his life.
The Metis people are the founding people of Manitoba, and their culture is a fascinating mix of European and Native traditions. One of their most iconic symbols is their arrowed sash.
Fiddle music and jigging is a key part of the Metis culture. Let’s give it a try!
Here are the basic steps:
Here is some awesome fiddle music to practice your new dance moves to. Sierra Noble is an artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and she recorded this album when she was only 14 years old!