Book review: Robert Foxcurran, Michel Bouchard, and Sébastien Malette. Songs Upon the Rivers The Buried History of the French-Speaking Canadiens and Métis from the Great Lakes and the Mississippi across to the Pacific
The prevailing scholarship about the Metis people has always acknowledged that the Metis Nation has its origins and history in western Canada and the northern Great Plains of the United States. In 2016, an ambitious attempt by three French-Canadian scholars to reframe "Metis" as a universal phenomenon was published by Baraka Books. This book was well-received in French-speaking areas of eastern Canada, but tended to fall flat in areas of the country where the understanding of what and who are Metis is better known and based on a vast volume of primary and secondary historical sources.
The following book review by Emilie Pigeon, published in the Montreal Review of Books, found several glaring issues with the scholarship contained in this book, including missing or purposely omitted information that runs contrary to the book's thesis, including an attempt to co-opt the Ojibwe term "Boozhoo" as having a French origin, serving as proof of Metis existence and influence in the Great Lakes region.