Gabriel Dumont Speaks
In 1903, eighteen years after the "second Riel Rebellion" Gabriel Dumont dictated his memoirs to a group of friends. Dumont's account of the details of his early life, the events leading up to the "Rebellion" and his first person account of the War from the point of view of the defeated Metis military leader are just a few of the revelations worthy of examination in this important document. In addition, Dumont's sheer strength of narrative carries these historic events with a conviction, drama and suspense that only the tradition of oral history can deliver. One of the most troubling stories of this manuscript is Dumont's account of the use of "exploding" rifle bullets by the Canadian army against the Metis. Is this revisionism by Dumont or has the issue been suppressed for the last ninety years? Publicly available for the first time in any language, this manuscript finally opens these and other questions to public debate.
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