Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 14
- Grade: 9
He was a master hunter, a renowned warrior and a dauntless leader of the Métis. At a volatile time in western Canada, Gabriel Dumont stood as the living sword of the Métis, prepared to make war or peace as might be good for his people. Dumont came of age during the era of the great buffalo hunts, when entire communities moved according to the migrations of the herds. A crack shot at an early age, Dumont earned his first rifle when he was 11, a weapon he would put to deadly use against buffalo and Sioux alike. Dumont assumed the mantle of leadership in his early 20s, guiding his people through the traumatic disappearance of the buffalo. During the 1885 North-West Rebellion, Dumont proved a ruthless warrior whose tireless resistance and brilliant military strategy exacted a heavy toll on his Canadian adversaries. In a fresh and engaging narrative that rings with authentic voice, Tim Chodan and Dan Asfar recount the story of this great Métis general, from his childhood in a land of abundance to his later years in exile in the United States following the failure of the North-West Rebellion.
About the authors
DAN ASFAR has a flare for writing lively narrative, evidenced by the strength of his first popular book of history Outlaws and Lawmen of the West: Volume II. Asfar also is author of biographies on Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont. He has a keen interest in paranormal folklore and has authored nine collections of ghost stories. Dan, who has a degree in history from the University of Alberta, has travelled extensively across North America and has visited Australia and Mexico in recent years, all in pursuit of regional ghost lore.
Edrick Thay is the author of almost a dozen books. Born in Edmonton, he holds a degree in English literature from Queen's University in Ontario and a master's degree in journalism from Indiana University. An avid traveler and reader, he currently lives in Toronto.An avid traveler and reader, he longs one day to write from a loft in New York City. In the meantime, he busies himself with expanding his CD collection, improving his skills in the kitchen and finding inspiration in the works of Lahiri, Chabon and Murakami.
Gabriel Dumont: War Leader of the MétisGabriel Dumont, fearless leader of the Métis in battles of the 1885 Northwest Resistance was, like his compatriot Riel, a change-agent in the political and geographical landscapes of Canada. This book narrates his life, achievement, fate and role in Canada’s story. The use of dialogue and quotations, many presumably from interviews Dumont gave and from written accounts of his life (there are neither footnotes nor attributions in the text), draw the reader through this chronological presentation of the story behind the facts. The events of the Northwest Resistance and its tragic outcome are given including Dumont’s exile to the USA and his subsequent job in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Included is a very helpful chapter on the Métis’ way of life in the Northwest.
The authors have also collaborated on Louis Riel in the Legends series.
Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2009-2010.