Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont

Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont

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Louis Riel is regarded by some as a hero and visionary, by others as a madman and misguided religious zealot. The Métis leader who fought for the rights of his people against an encroaching tide of white settlers helped establish the province of Manitoba before escaping to the United States. Gabriel Dumont was a successful hunter and Métis chief, a man tested by warfare, a pragmatist who differed from the devout Riel. Giller Prize--winning novelist Joseph Boyden argues that Dumont, part of a delegation that had sought out Riel in exile, may not have foreseen the impact on the Métis cause of bringing Riel home. While making rational demands of Sir John A. Macdonald's government, Riel seemed increasingly overtaken by a messianic mission. His execution in 1885 by the Canadian government still reverberates today. Boyden provides fresh, controversial insight into these two seminal Canadian figures and how they shaped the country.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Group (Canada), c2010.
ISBN: 9780670066711
Characteristics: xv, 204 p. ;,21 cm.


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Sep 19, 2014

A very informative, interesting and readable piece of Canadian history that I'm sure most of us don't know about.

Such an important and necessary book that details the tragedy of the Metis and other peoples who had the misfortune to have to deal with criminals like our first prime minister and those mad men that he allowed loose upon the Metis people.

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