stevenson cemetery - stevenson, wa
The Métis are a most interesting tribe, centered largely in Canada. They are a mixed-blood tribe with largely French admixture into, particularly Cree, but in this case Chippewa, stock. This is the first case I've seen of anyone claiming Métis affiliation, though the Carbonneaus at St. Louis, OR, are certainly Métis. The Métis contributed heavily to the original stock of explorers, traders, and fur trappers of the Northwest and were the original farmers of the Willamette Valley, where their original locale is now known as French Prairie, in their honor.
The cart depicted was known as the Red River Cart, after the river which runs north from the Dakotas to Canada and was the Métis traditional stomping grounds. It was made entirely of wood and reputedly their axles could be heard grinding away long before the carts themselves hove into view. They were the main supply line from the Red River settlements to the western frontier.