Indigenous: How to Métis Jig

About Métis Jigging

The Red River Jig is a proper name attributed to both the Canadian Métis and the First Nations, in reference to a traditional dance and accompanying fiddle tune. The dance’s performers and fiddlers currently and historically includes individuals identifying as First Nations, French Canadian, or Scottish Canadians, as well as others involved in the expansive 19th century fur trade.

"Jigging", as commonly referred to by the Métis people, has observable similarities to the traditional dances of Quebec and the Canadian Maritime communities of British Isles heritage.

Supplies: 

  • Fiddle music (look up “Red River Jig” or “Fiddle Music” online)
  • Your dancing feet! 

Instructions

Step 1

Turn on your fiddle music, create some space for yourself, and get ready to dance! 

Step 2

Practice by stepping back and forth in position 

  • "One two three"  "Kick"
  • "One two three" "Kick"
  • "One two three" "Kick" 

Step 3

Notice the change in the fiddle music, now you can add a fancy step. 

Step side to side while keeping one foot in the middle. Tap to the music! 

  • "One two three, Right, Left" 
  • "One two three, Right, Left" 
  • "One two three, Right, Left" 

Check back here between September 25 to October 25 for a full instructional video!

 

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About Indigenous Peoples of Canada

The history of Indigenous peoples in Canada is rich and diverse. This history stretches long into the past before the arrival of the European newcomers with diverse interactions among different peoples, flourishing trade and fierce conflict, and competition for lands and resources. The history of First Nations, Inuit and Métis is essentially the very history of Canada as they have played, and continue to play important roles in its development and its future.

Culture

Indigenous people have lived in the area now known as B.C. for more than 10,000 years. They developed their own societies, cultures, territories and laws. When European explorers and settlers first came to B.C. in the mid-18th century, the province was home to thousands of Indigenous people.

Today, there are approximately 200,000 Indigenous people in British Columbia. They include First Nations, Inuit and Métis. There are 198 distinct First Nations in B.C., each with their own unique traditions and history. More than 30 different First Nation languages and close to 60 dialects are spoken in the province.

Food

Indigenous food in particular is considered very Canadian. Métis in Canada played a particularly important role in the origin of Canada and Canadian cuisine. Foods such as bannock, moose, deer, bison, pemmican, maple taffy, and Métis stews such as barley stew are all either traditional Indigenous foods or originated in Canada with roots in Indigenous cuisines, and are eaten widely throughout the country. 

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