Stories about Songs

Music in Metis communities is very important. Here Elders share stories about music in communities, teaching language in music, growing up with music and its importance in teaching children and youth.

Wesaketewenowuk: Roots Growing Up

Wesaketewenowuk: Roots Growing Up (after a fire) is a beautiful educational short film about Métis resilience and stories to encourage revitalization of the endangered Michif language through development of a new Michif-language song. Andrea Menard’s […]

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Esther Songs 1

Esther describes ways music changed lives from mother’s songs and encouragement to gramophones and fiddle music.

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Cecile Songs 2 (Singing all the time)

Cecile explains why she chooses to sing all the time.

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Cecile Songs 1

Cecile was a good singer and she played guitar in her day and her husband was fearful that she’d become a singer and leave him. But she kept singing and still sings today. It’s good […]

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Dialogue Songs 3: Don & various others speaking (could not read music but played)

Don, Julia, and Cecile describe how many Indigenous musicians played songs by ear rather than sheet music. Their feet were the rhythm section.

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Dialogue Songs 2: Tom & Cecile speaking (Many kinds of instruments)

Tom, Cecile and Don remember the many kinds of unconventional instruments to make music they’d heard in their youth (jews harp, spoons, bones, and washboard).

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Julia Songs 1

Julia explains how to use music and Michif to teach children to dance.

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Diane Song 1 (Sing I love you)

Dianne tells a story about singing the “I Love You” song to school children.

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Tom Song 2 (Singing while swinging babies)

Tom tells a story about his sister using unique Métis singing through the teeth to soothe babies.

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