A wise woman recently told me that we carry the joys and sorrows of the 7 generations that have walked before us.
These beautiful Metis children are infused with a long lineage of inspired Metis people. I am truly honored to be able to capture a small piece of what makes them so unique, so spirited and full of wonder.
Besides having a strong family history on their mothers side (and a strong and passionate mother), their father Leander Dumont, comes from an incredibly strong Metis family. Leander's dad Bruce is the President of the Metis Nation-British Columbia. His father, Ambrose Dumont was a great, great grandson of Isidore Dumont the first Metis killed at Duck Lake, Saskatchewan at the beginning of the Riel Resistance of 1885. Ambrose was in-turn, a great, great nephew of Gabriel Dumont, brother to Isidore.
Gabriel Dumont (1837-1906) is widely known as a influential Metis leader. I found this on Gabriel Dumont – "the name conjures up a host of images: the diminutive but courageous “chef métis” who led his people in armed struggle against the Dominion of Canada; a nineteenth-century Che Guevara passionately concerned with his people’s self-governance; the quintessential l’homme de prairie who lived freely as a bison hunter and entrepreneur and a humanitarian who shared his bounty with the less fortunate. Gabriel Dumont was a man of action, whose many admirable qualities, including his selflessness, courage, sense of duty and love of his people, have inspired generations of Métis." (found HERE written by Darren R. Préfontaine, Gabriel Dumont Institute)
On theMetis BC website I found this and thought it well suited to these kids. 'Young people are the hope of our future. They must not only be nurtured to embrace and learn their languages and cultures, but also be mentored to embrace both worlds and to equip themselves with the tools needed to function in both worlds. Language and culture provide the tools to build good character - a character that emulates the values of respect, humility, kindness, empathy and good leadership."
I find family history fascinating. If you are lucky enough to know a little of where you come from, you should celebrate it. If you have no idea, you may want to start digging. It's incredible the inspiration or explanations that you might get from a little family history lesson.
I find this family heart meltingly beautiful and I love being a part of documenting their cherished bonds. I love these three kids. I love their pride in their heritage. Love love love being able to give them gifts like photos to celebrate their family bonds. These three gorgeous children with their undying and limitless love for their father. Seriously. It is just so incredible to know you all. I am richer for each moment spent with you. Much love. xo