A People on the Move

A People on the Move

The Métis of the Western Plains

By (author): Irene Ternier Gordon
ISBN 9781894974851
Softcover | Publication Date: June 15, 2009
Book Dimensions: 5.50 in x 8.50 in
144 Pages
$9.95 CAD

About the Book

The blossoming of Métis society and culture in the 19th century marked a fascinating and colourful era in western Canadian history. Drawing from journals and contemporary sources, Irene Ternier Gordon presents a vivid account of Métis life in the area that is now Saskatchewan and Alberta. Here are the stories of the masters of the plains—Métis buffalo hunters, traders and entrepreneurs like Louis Goulet, Norbert Welsh and the legendary Gabriel Dumont. Many enjoyed lives of freedom and adventure, yet also faced heartbreak as their way of life came to an end. From the delightful details of marriage customs, feasts and fancy clothing to the sad consequences of the events of 1885, this book is a vivid chronicle of Métis life.

About the Author(s)

Irene Ternier Gordon lives along the Assiniboine River in Headingley, Manitoba. She has had a passion for history and writing since childhood. After a career as a teacher-librarian, she became a freelance writer in 1998. She enjoys canoeing in the wilderness, skiing, sailing, hiking, swimming, travelling, and spending time with her two young grandsons, Jesse and Riley.


"Engaging . . . [gives] a sense of what the people involved were like, how they viewed their lives and what daily life may have been like." —Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools