Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

February 1992


Published in Great Plains Research 2:1 (February 1992), pp. 141-143. Copyright © 1992 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Used by permission.


With the emergence of native issues such as land claims and self-government in the Canadian constitutional debate, Pocklington's non-technical, informative, and exploratory book as emerged at a timely moment.

A void of scholarship about the Metis has been observed by historians such as Frideres and Friesen. Pocklington has attempted to fill that void, but acknowledges the complexity of his study since the "government and politics ... as they function in small communities like the settlements is intimidating [as] it is difficult to identify the various players, much less to discover how they interact" (p. xiii).