Art

The study of Métis art is complicated because their art style influenced Indian artisans all over North America. The Métis put their stamp on the art of practically every tribal group of the Northern Plains and the Northwest Territories. Many museums today have huge collections of Aboriginal art, but most of those created by the Métis are not marked as distinctly Métis. It is a tragedy that most of these items are catalogued as belonging to their owners; who usually were the last individual to trade the goods. So many artifacts are marked as Woodland Cree or Plains Cree or Assiniboine and the Métis name can hardly ever be found. As well, a huge number have simply been marked as “from the fur trade”. As a result, it is easier to define what is not a Métis artifact than isolating one that is. Items of Métis origin have been neglected in Canadian galleries, museums, art centres, and other cultural institutions. Métis handmade furniture has usually been attributed to pioneers.