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Being and Becoming Metis in North America

Edited by Jacqueline Peterson, Edited by Jennifer S. H. Brown

Minnesota Historical Society Press (June 15, 2001)


This is the first major work to explore in a North American context the dimensions and meanings of a process fundamental to the European invasion and colonisation of the western hemisphere: the intermingling of European and Native American peoples. This book is not about racial mixture, however, but rather about ethnogenesis -- about how new peoples, new ethnicities, and new nationalities come into being.

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Jacqueline Peterson is director and curator of Sacred Encounters, a multimedia traveling exhibition that opened at the Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana, in April 1993. She is an Associate Professor of History and Native American Studies at Washington State University, Pullman and Vancouver, and the author, with Jennifer S. H. Brown, of The New Peoples: Being and Becoming Metis in NorthAmerica, and of articles about the Metis, the fur trade, and Indian women and religion. Knighted by the king of Belgium for her work on Father De Smet, she currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

Jennifer S.H. Brown is a Professor in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg, Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Peoples in an Urban and Regional Context, and Director of the Centre for Rupert's Land Studies at the University of Winnipeg. She is the author of "Strangers in Blood: Fur Trade Company Families in Indian Country" (University of Oklahoma Press, 1996).

  • 290 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • ISBN: 9780873514088

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