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,pensie. 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 medieal 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.