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
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
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.