Angelique: Buffalo Hunt
Buffalo Hunt is set in 1865 and follows a ten-year-old Métis girl, Angelique, as she and her family go on the annual buffalo hunt. It paints a vivid picture of the daily life and culture of the Métis people in the mid-nineteenth century.
Ask children to consider the importance of the buffalo to the Métis people. Get them to make a list (using the book as a guide) of items that were made from the buffalo (e.g. sinews were used as string or thread; droppings were used for fuel). Now ask them to imagine how difficult life must have been for the Métis people when the buffalo herds began to disappear because of over-hunting by the fur trade. How do they think the near-extinction of the buffalo would have affected the Métis culture?
For more information on the development of the Métis culture and the importance of the annual buffalo hunt, visit the Canadian Museum of Civilization.