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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Pepere Played the Fiddle

Title: Pepere Played the Fiddle
Author: Linda Ducharme
Publisher: Pemmican Publications, 2006

Pepere Played the Fiddle is an elegant book to introduce young children to the Metis culture. The fiddle music of the Metis community is an integral part of their culture. I believe that introducing students to this music helps break the "Hollywood" stereotype of what Indian music sounds like.

Montana Office of Public Instruction has a publication "American Indian Music: More Than Just Flutes and Drums". They also distributed CD's that connect to the publication. Please contact them to see if the following CD and DVD is still available."American Indian Music- More than Just Flutes and Drums"-CD. A DVD that you might want to ask them about is "The Power of the Drum" (OPI: Indian Ed for All DVD).

I saw a friend at WalMart the other night. Angela shared with me that Labor Day weekend she attended the Montana Metis Festival. She said the music was fabulous. I didn't even know about it until then. I came home and told my husband that I wanted to go to it next year.

Butte's National Folk Festival also featured Metis music.

Resources:

Metis Radio http://www.metisradio.fm/
Metis History and Culture http://www.metisresourcecentre.mb.ca/history/music.htm
Metis Fiddler Quartet http://www.metisfiddlerquartet.com/
Virtual Museum of Metis Culture http://www.metismuseum.ca/resource.php/03146
Sierra's Song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGtckNUY7b8
Fox Fiddle-Metis Tunes from Montana https://sweetgrassmusic.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=35&category_id=11&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1&vmcchk=1
Montana Metis Project http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/legacies/MT/200003227.html

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