The Gift of the Red River Jig is a traditional tale offering one version of the origin of the famous Métis Red River Jig. When Ambroise goes on his first fur trading trip with his father, the Red River serves up a melody. As Ambroise’s father plays the fiddle, the men compete with an array of dance steps, from Orkney to French to Scottish to Anishnaabe to Métis. Young Ambroise blends what he learns and a tradition is born. The story is told in narrative and dialogue. The book concludes with information about this traditional tale and the Métis people.
The book is divided into chapters and has a Contents. The text is composed of a variety of sentence types. Uppercase letters are used to create proper nouns out of the words My Boy and Brown Bear. Illustrations support the text but not all scenes are illustrated. Turtle Island Circle provides extension activities.
Some words may require clarification, such as encounter, bedrolls, scurrying, factor, savoured, and agile. Some French and Métis words may require research, such as Ma Cherie, Pa Père, ceinture fléchée, Rugaboo, and galet.
This title is from the Turtle Island Voices series. Pique students’ interest in learning about Aboriginal peoples and cultures with exciting stories and information texts.
Invoice Title: TIV 4: GIFT OF RED RIVER JIG