We Have a Name!
Our organization is still known as theOntarioMétisFamilyRecordsCenter, but our members are now known as The Painted Feather Woodland Métis Tribe. Several members equated the name with the beautiful art form becoming popular inCanadawhich involves painting scenes on real feathers. There is a deeper meaning behind the name. As with First Nations, Métis people are often undistinguishable from their white neighbours.
The eagle feather symbolizes aboriginal culture. Picture in your mind a beautiful eagle feather painted white, with only small patches of the actual feather showing through here and there. This represents today’s Métis. On the surface we may appear to be white, but parts of our heritage are visible if you look closely.
The above photo taken in 1906 illustrates the rapid transformation that has taken place.