Arts and Crafts
The Métis people have always had a strong history
of creative and artistic endeavour with the dance and fiddle musical
traditions, story telling, and art production. This long artistic
tradition is alive and well today, thanks to the efforts of the
contemporary Métis arts community.
Métis writers like Maria Campbell have produced books, stories and
scripts for plays and other productions. Métis writers are represented in
all genres of writing such as poetry, fiction, non-fiction, children’s
literature, playwriting and television and film scriptwriting.
The musical traditions of the Métis live on in a wide array of Métis
performers who play everything from traditional fiddle music to country
and jazz forms. Many are producing CDs to preserve and teach about Métis
musical heritage, while others, such as those who perform in Métis dancing
groups, share culture in live, vibrant fashion.
Métis painters, illustrators, carvers and sculptors have also kept
Métis heritage alive by producing works that reflect both traditional and
contemporary Métis culture, values and history.
Within all the areas of the arts, Métis artists and performers have
ensured the preservation and evolution of Métis creative heritage, while
bringing a wider awareness of their culture to others.
(snowshoes, traps, scrapers)
(rattles, dolls, games)