Voyageur Re-presentations and Complications: Frances Anne Hopkins and the Métis Nation of Ontario
Gloria Bell (Métis), M.A. in Art History, Carleton University, and Anne Ray Native Intern
Colloquium, SAR Boardroom
Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 12:00–1:00 pm
People of Native (Cree, Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee) and European (English, French, Irish, Scottish) descent, métis, were employed as voyageurs in the fur-trade since the early eighteenth century in the Great Lakes area, yet their voices are absent in the historical records and their bodies and lifestyle are often represented as “other.” The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) currently uses the painting Shooting the Rapids (1879) by Frances Anne Hopkins as a visual representative on their website and other publication material, in addition to reenacting the voyageur lifestyle at gatherings such as the Annual General Assembly. This colloquium will examine why the MNO uses this image to assert their presence.