Tuesday, October 5, 2021

A Metis Challenge To Power

Here we have an illustration of a Metis family.

Metis women would be at the heart of their society.

Their beadwork, quillwork, and needlework became a distinctive style on their own.

The strength of the Metis nation would be a direct challenge to the Hudson's Bay Company. Things would come to a head later in the century.

Much like it was in the United States, westward expansion was the order of the day for the Canadian government, to bring together the country from east to west.

The Red River Rebellion would be the first rise of the Metis against white encroachment. Louis Riel, one of its leaders, would found Manitoba, be elected to Parliament (without ever sitting in Parliament, as he was exiled because of the rebellion). 

Part of the drive west was the effort into the building of a transcontinental railroad. It would, of course, be a monumental challenge.


  1. The coexistence of different human groups on the same settlement is never easy...as we know.

  2. It was a hard, yet creative life... I reckon.

  3. Very interesting the way of life of the Metis people !

  4. The hanging of Louis Riel is one of the sad chapters in Canadian histoty.

  5. Hello,
    First I must say your header photo is beautiful.
    Sounds like the Metis woman were very important to life at this time.
    Have a happy day!

  6. @Italiafinlandia: definitely not.

    @Iris: it could be.

    @Gattina: and they carry on today.

    @David: ironic that Riel is today considered a founding father considering how it ended for him.

    @Eileen: thank you.

  7. Me ha gustado especialmente la ilustración de la primera fotografía. Es un fiel retrato, de la forma de vestir, de esa civilización.

  8. The crafts are totally unexpected designs.
    All life wasnt easy as it turned out.

  9. ...here the Senecas are a matriarchal society.

  10. I like to read about their life style and experiences, customs and traditions.

  11. That beadwork would be wonderful to see.

  12. Interesting lifestyle and way of life. Their crafts are beautiful.

  13. @Francisco: thanks.

    @Ventana: thank you.

    @Julia: I agree.

    @Gemel: indeed.

    @Tom: not a surprise.

    @RedPat: they are indeed.

    @Catarina: as do I.

    @Sharon: I enjoyed seeing it.

    @Bill: very much so.

  14. Great variety in this display ~

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. I have a recent fascination with quillwork. Beautiful!

  16. The West has an interesting history. It took a long time to persuade people to settle the West.

  17. An important segment of your history.

  18. Sadly, I don't know much about Canadian History! Thank you for sharing! Have a great weekend!

  19. Interesting history. As folks say, why can't we all get along?

  20. It's so intersting to learn this history.