Me­tis, To the End of Her Strings

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When Tay­ler Fle­ming is as­ked to in­tro­duce her­self, the first thing she shares is her Me­tis iden­ti­ty. The 20-year old fidd­ler em­braces her ori­gins and culture on a dai­ly ba­sis. “I play main­ly tra­di­tio­nal Me­tis mu­sic. It’s hard to des­cribe, but it is a kind of li­ve­li­ness that makes it stand out. Ex­pres­sing and af­fir­ming our Me­tis iden­ti­ty through our arts and culture shows that we’ve come a long way.”

Tay­ler Fle­ming has been playing the fiddle since she was nine. Ac­tual­ly, it was thanks to a pro­gram set up by the MMF that she took her first les­sons. Since then, it’s been a great love sto­ry! “There are so ma­ny rea­sons why I love the fiddle. Among them is the simple plea­sure of pro­mo­ting the Me­tis culture through mu­sic. It’s al­so gra­ti­fying to bring this art form back to life, in a sense, and to share it with the youn­gest ge­ne­ra­tions.” When not ar­med with her fiddle, Tay­ler Fle­ming is stu­dying En­vi­ron­men­tal Tech­no­lo­gies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bran­don. Con­se­quent­ly, she plays at concerts and fes­ti­vals main­ly in the sum­mer. Her fon­dest me­mo­ry? Playing in Ot­ta­wa in front of Par­lia­ment Hill, at the ve­ry first rai­sing of the Me­tis flag. “It was a unique and ma­gi­cal mo­ment. I feel so proud! It’s an ho­nour to play this style of mu­sic, to ce­le­brate this culture on stage and to show people that it is still ve­ry much alive.”

This pride has al­ways been a part of Tay­ler Fle­ming’s fa­mi­ly his­to­ry. Pride. A word that re­so­nates in this fidd­ler’s life and one she shares in eve­ry way pos­sible. “When I play the fiddle in a show, I al­so like to wear lo­ve­ly bea­ded ja­ckets, so that my culture might be ap­pre­cia­ted not on­ly through the mu­sic, but al­so through the art I might be wea­ring.”

« S’ex­pri­mer et af­fir­mer notre iden­ti­té mé­tisse par nos arts et notre culture montre que nous avons fait un grand che­min. » “Ex­pres­sing and af­fir­ming our Me­tis iden­ti­ty through our arts and culture shows that we’ve come a long way.” - Tay­ler Fle­ming

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