This article is about metis peoples in general. For specific groups, see Métis people (Canada) and Métis people (United States).
For the disputed airline, see Métis TransPacific Airlines.

In North America, the Métis as defined under the Métis National Council, are decendants of mixed ancestry who self-identify themselves to be Métis, and are accepted into their current community as decedents of the Red River, Manitoba settlement. The métis (from Old French mestis, from Late Latin mixtīcius) indicates a person of mixed Aboriginal American and European ancestry - especially a person of Algonquian and Celtic and/or French ancestry. The term is French and is a cognate of Spanish mestizo and Portuguese mestiço, which have the same meaning but indicate European ancestry associated with the Iberian peninsula. The English word "mestee" is a corruption of the Middle French mestis (the letters 's' both pronounced at the start of the Middle French period, and both silent at the end of the Middle French period).

The term is also used outside of North America, mostly in countries which were historically part of the French Empire, such as Vietnam. As in North America,the term indicates a person of mixed European and non-European ancestry. Its use by Anglophones is generally restricted to the North American usage, with "Eurasian" preferred for people of mixed European and Asian ancestry.

The designation "mestee" was formerly widely used in the United States for mixed-race individuals, but after the Civil War the term gradually fell into disuse as an effect of the "one-drop rule", under which anyone with any known Sub-Saharan African ancestry was legally "Black". American Indian scholar Jack D. Forbes has attempted to revive "mestee" as a term for the old mixed-race groups.[1] The term is currently not commonly used in the US or the UK.

Métis people in Canada

The specific meaning of métis in Canada varies depending on context. In fact, The Canadian Encyclopedia states that there is no consensus on the definition of métis in Canada and uses the following definition in their article on the subject:[2]

It is important to define specific meanings for the term as used in this discussion, while cautioning that writers past and present have not achieved consensus on the matter. Written with a small m, métis is an old French word meaning "mixed," and it is used here in a general sense for people of dual Indian-White ancestry. Capitalized, Métis is often used but not universally accepted as a generic term for all persons of this biracial descent. It may variously refer to a distinctive socio cultural heritage, a means of ethnic self-identification, and sometimes a political and legal category, more or less narrowly defined.

See also






es:Mestizo fr:Métis mk:Метиси sv:Mestis (etnografiskt uttryck)

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