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The Metis (May-Tee) are a groups of people in Canada who trace their heritage to the First Nations people and European settlers.  The Metis live all over Canada, but a large number of them can now be found in the prairie provinces and northwestern Canada. The Mackenzie River flows in this exact same area.  

The most famous Metis dance is the Red River Jig.  It was very popular in the 1800s from Alaska all the way to James Bay in the east.  For more information about the Reg River Jig and to see the sequence of steps, follow the link below to read all about it.


After reading about and viewing the dance, see if you can try it yourself.  This video may be helpful, it gives a close up view of some of the foot work.  Consider making a video of yourself trying the dance.

Now that you know all about the Metis and the Red River Jig and you’ve given the dance a try, let’s do a little reflecting.  On a sheet of paper, answer the following questions: What does the dance remind you of? Was the dance easy or difficult? What feeling does the dance & the music give you?  Do you know of any other dances that reflect a combination of cultures?

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