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The Métis in Western Canada: O-Tee-Paym-Soo-Wuk

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Women cooking outdoorsThe Métis lifestyle was shaped, in varying degrees, from a combination of Aboriginal traditionalism and European technique. As a result, Métis culture represented an approach to life areas such as housing, food, healthcare, and popular music and dancing that was unique by design.

Housing, for example, could range in style from Aboriginal wigwam to European log cabin, while the Métis palate was accustomed to buffalo meat as well as provisions purchased from European trading posts.

The advantages of such a lifestyle were evident in the adaptability and ingenuity of the Métis people as they faced a variety of life challenges. The Métis had embraced the life skills of two worlds, and had fused those skills into a legacy that has endured to the present day.

 

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