Mitchif is the language of the Métis people of Canada and the U.S., who are the descendants of First Nations women and fur-trade workers of European ancestry. There are less than 600 fluent speakers of Michif, which mixes old European and First Nation languages, in the world at present.
For 25 years, Montana’s Metis relatives have met to preserve their heritage and create a space for the youth to learn their history. Now Mitchif Heritage Keepers formally host an annual Music and Art Festival that celebrates the history, music, food, language, art and culture of the Metis who live in Montana. The festival features workshops by published writers and award-winning speakers as well as historical presentations by Metis elders and cooking demonstrations.
The festival is free and open to the public and the language workshops are sponsored in part through an Opportunity Grant from Humanities Montana.
306 First St. NEChoteau, MT
Free and Open to the Public
- 10 a.m.-11 p.m. on the following dates:
- Fri, June 12
- Sat, June 13
- Sun, June 14