Patrick Langston, artsfile.ca preview
October 12, 2017
A scene from Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show produced by the NAC’s French Theatre department. Photo Johnathan Lorenge.
Gabriel Dumont would be intrigued. Dumont, the ally of Louis Riel and leader of the Métis forces during the 1885 North-West Rebellion against the Canadian government, fled Canada for the U.S. after the rebellion was quashed and Riel hung.
In the U.S., he joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, but he didn’t stick for long. However, it turns out he did dream of creating something similar in Canada to spotlight the struggle of the Métis people to reclaim their rights.
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