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  • Smudging
    before the spirits of our grandfathers and grandmothers as we came into the world naked The sage used to purify and cleanse is burned in a ceremonial bowl or shell The smoke is taken with the hands and rubbed over the body Sweetgrass can be burned afterwards to bring healing and blessing into one s body and life Back to the Facts Page JadeStar Design 2013 MCSBC 2013 Métis Community

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  • Circles
    item they are heard by the group uninterrupted There is no dialogue There is no criticism There is no rebuttal All who wish to be heard are heard in an atmosphere of confidentiality and respect Where the Healing Circle differs from the Talking Circle is in the content of what is said and the remarkable medicine that sharing wounds can be to members of a community who have endured the

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  • Metis Food
    people The Métis from the Indians adopted pemmican as a food Convenient to store and maintain pemmican was not just a staple of the Métis diet but also a trading commodity The process of making pemmican traditionally began with the hunter preparing the carcass of his buffalo by cutting the meat into strips for the women to dry The meat was hung on racks to dry in the sun and over fires Then the dried meat was pounded to flake into a coarse powder and an equal amount of melted fat was added together with berries and other edibles in season the resulting product was pemmican Cooled and sewn into 90 pound buffalo hide bags pemmican could be transported and stored with ease Pemmican as well as dry meat was purchased by the Hudson s Bay Company to satisfy its need for a nourishing imperishable food source for its employees Pemmican was the first item of world wide free trade and it was the economic base of the Métis in Canada The Métis Nation traded throughout the world i e Switzerland the United States France and Great Britain supplying these countries armies with pemmican or trail food As a result

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  • Metis Art
    of Métis people into the most remote corners of our country put their stamp of the art of practically every tribal group of the Northern Plains and Northwest Territories The Indians called the Métis the Flower Beadwork People Jigging Dancing in the form of jigging and fiddle music occupied most nights Métis jigging is a unique combination of Irish Scottish and French dancing and traditional Indian Plains dances Fiddle Music

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