BOUCHARD, Michel




Author Tags: History

Michel Bouchard is Chair and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George. He was born and raised in a French-speaking community in Northern Alberta.

He co-wrote Songs Upon the Rivers: The Buried History of the French-Speaking Canadiens and Metis from the Great Lakes and the Mississippi across to the Pacific (Baraka Books 2016) with authors Robert Foxcurran and Sebastien Malette. French people pushed far west and north, establishing trade and kin networks, long before much-mythologized, English-speaking people like Davie Crocket, Daniel Boone and Jim Bridger ventured into these frontiers. The Canadiens and Metis founded settlements that became great cities like Detroit, Saint Louis, and New Orleans. Furthermore, their French lingua franca and ways of life are embedded in the narrative of North American life. Songs Upon Rivers exposes this little-known part of our history.

BOOKS:
Songs Upon the Rivers: The Buried History of the French-Speaking Canadiens and Metis from the Great Lakes and the Mississippi across to the Pacific (Baraka Books 2016) $34.95 978-1-77186-081-9

[BCBW 2016]