Gabriel bio upends Eurocentric scholarship about “greatest Métis hero of them all”

Monday, May 15th, 2017 4:17pm


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New biography of Gabriel Dumont, by Charles Duncan Thompson.

A biography of Gabriel Dumont, by Charles Duncan Thompson, has been published by the Gabriel Dumont Institute Press.

“Red Sun: Gabriel Dumont, The Folk Hero” upturns generations of Eurocentric scholarship and properly restores Dumont’s indigeneity, reads a press statement from the institute.

Thompson presents the reader with the concept of Gabriel Dumont, the “Brayoo” and the “Valorous Worthy” who selflessly served his fellow Métis and other Indigenous peoples within the context of the Nehiyaw-Pwat (Cree-Assiniboine) alliance.

Based on decades of research and on dozens of oral history interviews with Dumont family members and extended kin, the author melds oral histories, legends and traditional stories that portray Gabriel Dumont in a new light.

This is an innovative, highly memorable book about the “greatest Métis hero of them all,” the statement continues.

All ordering inquiries should be directed to: The Gabriel Dumont Institute 2-604 22nd Street West Saskatoon, SK S7M 5W1 306.934.4941 (T) 306.244.0252 (F)