BEYOND FIDDLES AND SASHES
1, ruelle Canal, Ottawa, (Ontario), K1P 5P6
From February 1st to April 30th, 2019. The Beyond Fiddles and Sashes travelling exhibition tells the story of Métis people, culture, history, and influence through their objects, photographs, and narratives. The Métis nation emerged from cultural changes and mixed marriages between Europeans and Indigenous peoples in the context of the fur trade. The French term “Métis” means “mixed,” referring not only to their ancestry but also to a distinct cultural identity that remains proud and vital today. Visitors will explore Métis roots in North America including the fur trade, voyageurs, and domestic life. The history of the Métis is tied to waves of settlement, the establishment and loss of communities, and the turbulent events of the 1870s, including Louis Riel’s defense of Métis interests.