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A People and a Nation

A People and a Nation

New Directions in Contemporary Métis Studies

Edited by Jennifer Adese and Chris Andersen

Published by: UBC Press

252 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm

  • ISBN: 9780774865074
  • Published: November 2021


In A People and a Nation, the authors, most of whom are themselves Métis, offer readers a set of lenses through which to consider the complexity of historical and contemporary Métis nationhood and peoplehood. The field of Métis Studies has been afflicted by a longstanding tendency to situate Métis within deeply racialized contexts, and/or by an overwhelming focus on the nineteenth century. This volume challenges the pervasive racialization of Métis studies with multidisciplinary chapters on identity, history, politics, literature, spirituality, religion, and kinship networks, reorienting the conversation toward Métis experiences today. In the process, this timely collection dismantles the narrow notions that continue to shape political, legal, and social understanding of Métis existence, and convincingly demonstrates a more robust approach to Métis studies that centres Métis peoplehood and nationhood.