Half-breed

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Half-breed
Holmes Colbert.jpg Greewood-Leflore.jpg Chief Quanah Parker of the Kwahadi Comanche.jpg
Jim Thorpe at desk.jpg
Religion
Native American Church
Protestant
Sacred Pipe
Kiva Religion
Long House
 
Jump to: navigation, search
Half-breed
Holmes Colbert.jpg Greewood-Leflore.jpg Chief Quanah Parker of the Kwahadi Comanche.jpg
Jim Thorpe at desk.jpg
Religion
Native American Church
Protestant
Sacred Pipe
Kiva Religion
Long House

Half-breed is an offensive/racist term for anyone who is of mixed races usually referring to Native American and half European or white. [1]

Origin[edit]

Métis is a more general French term for mixed race, which has generally referred to a person of descent from two different major ethnic groups, such as European and African, European and Native American, or European and Asian. Prior to 1763, when Canada passed into British hands, most traders with the Indians in northern North America were French, thus half-breeds were usually half French. As fur-trading became the province of the Northwest Company of Montreal, and, later, the Hudson's Bay Company, half-breeds were more likely to have fathers of Scottish or Orkney origins. However, trappers were often still French-Canadian or Métis, as they had long been in the business. Their sons, familiar with First Nations languages and cultures, found ready employment with the trading companies. The Métis were so numerous as to create some communities of their own, such as the Red River settlement in Manitoba, and Prince Albert in Saskatchewan.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

Further reading[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thefreedictionary.com/half-breed
  2. ^ Pages 202 to 205, W.P. Clark, The Indian Sign Language, University of Nebraska Press (1982--first published 1885 by L.R. Hamersly), trade paperback, 444 pages, ISBN 0-8032-6309-0
  3. ^ "Top Singles", RPM, Volume 20, No. 8, October 06 1973, Library & Archives Canada

External links[edit]