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This book relates the history of Marie Rose Delorme Smith (1861-1960)

She was a woman of French-Métis ancestry, born during the fur trade era and who spent her adult years as a pioneer rancher in the Pincher Creek district of southern Alberta. Marie Rose went on to raise seventeen children, establish a boarding house, take a homestead, and serve as a medicine woman and midwife. In 1948, she published several articles in the early prairie ranch periodical, Canadian Cattlemen. Through close readings of these articles and of Marie Rose’s other writing, along with personal interviews of her descendants, we get a rare glimpse into the life and identity of a Métis woman who negotiated the changing environment of the western plains during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The Identities of Marie Rose Delorme Smith: Portrait of a Métis Woman

The Identities of Marie Rose Delorme Smith:

Portrait of a Métis Woman

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Doris Jeanne MacKinnon

Diane P. Payment. Manitoba History. Volume 74. Winter 2014: 50-51.

Review of The Identities of Marie Rose Delmore Smith: Portrait of a Métis Woman 1861-1960, by Doris Jeanne MacKinnon (University of Regina: Canadian Plains Research Centre, 2012) 208 pp. paper $34.95.

The author skilfully dissects Marie Rose's memoirs, unpublished manuscripts, and a series of edited articles published in the 1940s. She also met and interviewed family members who provided important "living" context, reminiscences, and photographs. Because of the "stream of consciousness" style of Marie Rose's writing, the...


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