Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont
Written by Joseph Boyden.
Published by the Penguin Group (Canada), 2010.
|Louis Riel is regarded by some as a hero and visionary, by others
as a madman and misguided religious zealot. The Métis leader who fought
for the rights of his people against an encroaching tide of white settlers
helped establish the province of Manitoba before escaping to the United States.
Gabriel Dumont was a successful hunter and Métis chief, a man tested by
warfare, a pragmatist who differed from the devout Riel.
Giller Prizewinning novelist Joseph Boyden argues that Dumont, part of a delegation that had sought out Riel in exile, may not have foreseen the impact on the Métis cause of bringing Riel home. While making rational demands of Sir John A. Macdonald's government, Riel seemed increasingly overtaken by a messianic mission. His execution in 1885 by the Canadian government still reverberates today.
With powerful narrative skill, Joseph Boyden's Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont provides fresh, controversial insight into these two seminal Canadian figures how helped shape the country.
"Gabriel, a master hunter and speaker of indigenous languages, lived on and for the land. Louis, university educated and deeply Catholic, never seemed fully comfortable in the wilderness and instead continually strove for a way to build his vision of a new church, a new society, in the wilds of the West. And when these two powerful men came together in 1884 and 1885, a truly united Métis worldview emerged, one that John A. Macdonald quickly realized as a threat to his vision of Canada." Louis Riel and Gabriel DumontAlso available from the Extraordinary Canadians series:
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