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Métis history project - Mtis stories have often been told...

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Métis stories have often been told at family or community gatherings, as well as in the privacy of family homes. It is not uncommon for the Métis to tell stories for entertainment while sitting around a campfire, with the storyteller as the centre of attention. Although some stories, such as ahtayohkana or "sacred stories," must be told following the proper protocol, others are much more informal, depending on the origin of the story, the storyteller and the practices of the community in question.Sacred stories are usually related in some way to creation stories, either in the lessons they teach or the characters they use. As the oldest story in Métis heritage, creation stories explain how the world and its inhabitants came to be. They often use mythical figures, flowers, trees, plants and animals as characters. These stories have mostly remained unchanged in their recounting through the generations by traditional storytellers.There were, and still are, all kinds of different types of stories. Stories relating to family and community history are
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