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12th-Jul-2009 05:13 pm - Métis research - slow going
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 So after my research gaffe, it kind of just slipped my mind for a while.  I mean, I didn't FORGET but there was lots of other stuff on my mind like starting back at work and dealing with Bobby's new routine and super secret projects etc.

Today Brent wanted to got to a comic book store and we agreed to go to one a little further away that is pretty much across the street from Cora's. Then we could have breakfast, Brent could get comics and everyone would be happy.  We got there just in time.  After we were seated there was a line out the door!  Crazy people!  It's not wait-in-line-for-30-minutes good!!!  But it's still good.

Bobby went INSANE!  He had so much fun colouring and staring at other kids and looking out the window.  It was totally awesome.

Anyways we went to the comic book store after and I remembered that there was a graphic novel about Louis Riel (the most famous Métis in Canada).  I had read a portion of it in the comics edition of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern and someone mentioned it to me again while pointing out my ludicrous research mistake so I picked it up.

All this to say that I haven't actually started researching yet but I did buy one book and bookmark a bunch of websites, so I'm invested in it for sure.

The links I have saved so far are:

Wikipedia (as a jumping off point/overview)
The Canadian Encyclopedia
Métis National Council

All those links also have more links so I should be covered for web research as far as massively accepted perspectives go however I'd be interested in any leads on information with views that may not be so accepted as well.

I'll read the book after I finish my current one, which is pretty much all about raising an emotionally literate boy because I'd rather die a horrible death than raise a boy who thinks the only emotions in existence are happy and angry.

On this day:

In 2008 - 
In 2007 - scritch feet
In 2006 - wow the floors look so CLEAN!  That's the difference between one dog that sheds a lot and two dogs that shed a lot
In 2005 - Brent is sneaky
 As has been pointed out here and on facebook, I've already made a huge error in my independent study.  Somewhere between thinking about it, doing preliminary research and actually writing a post, I went from thinking Metis to thinking Mi'kmaq.  

My entire post SHOULD be about Metis, except for the part about how to spell Mi'kmaq, that part is still accurate.

More to come as my research continues...

On this day:

in 2008 - 
In 2007 - appreciative or perverted?
In 2006 - my mom really loves me, she just doesn't know how to show it
In 2005 - Norman the pigeon
27th-Jun-2009 11:47 pm - Self Guided Learning - Mi'kmaq
 I went to French Catholic school in the outskirts of Toronto for the majority of my education.  I'd say 99% of the history taught to me was Canadian and most of that had to do with European settlers and the establishment of Catholicism within Ontario and Quebec with respect to the native population.

I know that I was taught a lot about the first nations for many years but I also know that I've forgotten most of it.  I remember random things like longhouses and small children being bribed with pulled taffy to go to catholic school.  I decided to take it upon myself to relearn the basics and to hopefully go more in-depth.  

When I was finished contemplating which tribe to start with, I announced my decision to Brent - The Micmacs.  And then he told me they were not a 'real' tribe and I was very stunned.

Turns out, the Micmacs are born of the union of a First Nations individual and a European individual and Louis Riel is the most famous of them all.  I know of him as we spent a great deal of time learning about his greatness however, I was always left with the impressions that he was half Micmac and half French.  Either my teacher wasn't so clear or the concept just went over my head I guess.

The second thing I learnt was that the people themselves spell is Mi'kmaq, so that's the way I will do it from now on.

It's late now so I'll continue the learning another day and I'll share the parts I find the most compelling.  

How much do you know about the Mi'kmaq?  Where would you suggest I turn to teach myself about them?

On this day:

In 2008 - I officially become a mommy blogger
In 2007 - I had to remove Bernie's butt licking photo because some guy who was obviously into beastiality added it as a favorite on flickr. I'll email it to you if you MUST see it
In 2006 - Tyrone made a photo post
In 2005 - ...
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