Stories That Map the Way Home: A Process of Self Creation

Cathy Richardson


In this article the author describes an ongoing research studywhich explores the relationships between Metis identity andMetis cultural stories. This article provides an explanation ofthe sense of “Metis self” and various theories of self-formation, including narrative theories of the self. The “senseof Metis self” (SMS) refers to the Metis individual’s identification with their “Metisness” and the larger Metis culture. The author is interested in the differences in the stories received and told by Metis people with varying degrees of participation in Metis culture. This interest was generated by a personal experience of Metis identity development through the perspective of an adult reflecting on the significance of childhood stories.

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