FVCC Hosts Two Free Lectures on the Metis People of Montana

By Beacon Staff

The community is invited to attend any of two free lectures on the Métis People of Montana presented by storyteller and author Nicholas Vrooman at Flathead Valley Community College Oct. 18.

Little known, the Métis are people whose origins lie in the mixed Indian and European marriages of the fur trade era of the eighteen and nineteenth centuries. Eventually, they began to consider themselves a distinct population of people, neither European nor Indian, but their interwoven culture and history are fascinating to many.

Vrooman is the author of a recently published book on the Métis people. Next month, he will be honored by the Montana Preservation Alliance for this work on behalf of the Little Shell Tribe. His lectures will involve storytelling and a presentation of his unique collection of slides which illustrate the history of the Métis people.

The lectures will take place at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. in room 144 inside the Arts and Technology Building on the FVCC campus.

For more information, contact Mick Stemborski at 756-3945 or at [email protected].