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The Métis: Musical Origins

The Métis: Musical Origins

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An archived reference on Metis music from Library and Archives Canada web site.
An archived reference on Metis music from Library and Archives Canada web site.

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Published by: Lawrence J. Barkwell on Feb 01, 2014
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The Métis
Musical Origins
Library and Archives Canada  ARCHIVED - Aboriginal Sound Recordings: Music and Song
Listen to Sound recordings Traditional !tis instruments include the "iddle #www.metismuseum.ca/resource.php/0002$% &accessed a' 28( 200)*( the concertina( the harmonica( the hand drum and the mouth harp( as well as "inger instruments such as  bones or spoons. +t "irst( "iddles were scarce and e,pensie. The !tis cra"ted their own ersions "rom maple wood and birch bar.SourceTraditional !tis music combined "ol tunes "rom rance and the ritish sles with the distinct in"luences o" +boriginal phrasing and rh'thm. elodies such as The hite 4ose( originall' "rom medieal rance( were sung b' o'ageurs during the earl' da's o" the "ur trade.!tis "iddle music is a h'brid o" imported "iddle music and basic rh'thms "rom traditional +boriginal music. The turtulage -- beating rh'thm with spoons or heels( combined with the irregular beats o" the "iddle -- sets the cadence "or the !tis 5ig( based on rish step-dancing with the addition o" other steps.
The Music Develops
usic became a method "or passing on oral histor'( documenting man' aspects o" !tis li"e. #www.metismuseum.ca/e,hibits/celebration/inde,.php% &accessed a' 28( 200)*.

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