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The Métis culture originated in the 1600s when French and Scottish fur traders married Aboriginal women, usually Cree, Anishnabe (Ojibway) or Saulteaux. Their descendants formed a distinct culture in the Red River district of what is now Manitoba.
The term "Métis" has come to include any mixture of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal ancestry and is defined by self-identification. You are Métis if that is what you believe. Today, Métis live from coast to coast in both Canada and the United States.
The Métis language (Bungi) grew from a mixture of Anishnabe, French, Gaelic and Michif (a blend of French, Cree and English). With new dialects and customs, new music emerged as well.