Red River Land: The Métis People Part 1

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Red River Land is a series of programs about North Dakota developed for educational purposes in the 1960s by Erling Rolfsrud, educator, historian and writer, in conjuntion with Prairie Public Television, as it was then known.

Early French fur traders who settled in Canada and the Upper Midwest intermarried with women from Native American tribes in the area.  Their descendants are the Métis, a French word meaning, “mixed blood.”  Erling Rolfsrud describes how the Metis blended the two cultures, not entirely comfortable in either.

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Red River Land, Paririe Public & NCCST, Erling Rolfsrud.

Grade Level

2 - 12

Subject Matter

Social Studies

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  1. Red River Land: The Métis People Part 2
    Video: Many Métis became voyageurs in the fur trade.
  2. Red River Land: The Métis People Part 3
    Video: The Métis became proficient buffalo hunters.
  3. Red River Land: The Métis People, Part 4
    Video: The Pembina hunt was hard, but there was celebration to follow.