Gilbert Anderson, Northern Alberta Métis Fiddler

The history of Métis fiddling in Northern Alberta stretches back to the earliest days of exploration and settlement in the West, much of which was connected with the fur trade.

In his memoir Buffalo Days and Nights, respected Métis guide and interpreter Peter Erasmus reports that French Métis fiddlers from Lac Ste. Anne played for the Christmas celebrations at Fort Edmonton in 1856. A list of dances published in the Edmonton Bulletin on 3 February 1896 includes several of Métis and Scottish origin.

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Fort Edmonton, main building

Fort Edmonton, main building

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Richard Calihoo plays Duck Dance at Villeneuve

Richard Calihoo plays Duck Dance at Villeneuve

The Red River Jig at Villeneuve

The Red River Jig at Villeneuve