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Chansons des Bois Brules, 1818
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Chanson des Bois Brules
1818, author unknown

This ballad of the battle at Seven Oaks was composed by a Métis witness following the battle and was recounted to William Coltman by Pierre Falcon. Having primarily an oral culture (few written records), ballads were the chief means by which the Métis preserved their history. It is possible that many ballads like this did not get passed down through Métis oral culture and now have been lost to history.



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