The Twatt Family, 1780-1840

This article by Paul C. Thistle “The Twatt Family, 1780-1840: Amerindian, Ethnic Category, or Ethnic Group Identity?” in The Western Métis: Profile of a People edited by Patrick C. Douad (Regina: University of Regina & Canadian Plains Research Center, 2007) is a reprint of the author’s original 1997 Prairie Forum 22(2):193-212 article of the same title. It appears in Douad (2007) with contributions from several eminent scholars in the field of Métis history & was cited as “Perhaps for Métis researchers, the most interesting articles are those …by …and Paul C. Thistle” (New Breed Winter 2008: 24).] 


My purpose is to examine a group of mixed descent people in the Nipawin, Saskatchewan area centred on Mansack and Willock Twatt to determine whether it developed from an other-identified ethnic category into a self-identified functional ethnic group during the latter eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  This will serve as a preliminary step in a proposed full-scale history of mixed descent groups in the Lower Saskatchewan River region in an attempt to provide some additional balance to the previously identified preponderance of studies on Red River and more generally Plains area Métis history which remains largely unaddressed.

This chapter can be read along with all the other contributions in Douad (2007) by clicking The Twatt Family, 1780-1840: Amerindian, Ethnic Category, or Ethnic Group Identity? (accessed 1 January 2019). It is located at PDF pages 80-96 & Endnotes at pages 289-294.  Note that this file contains the entire book (Douad 2007).

Note: To make access to this chapter’s Endnotes easier, please click on a separate PDF Thistle Twatt Family in Douad 2007 2 ENDNOTES that contains only the references (accessed 1 January 2019). 

If only the author’s chapter & Endnotes are desired in a shorter download, click on Thistle_Twatt_Family in Douad 2007 2 (accessed 1 January 2019).

This article was published originally in the 1997 Prairie Forum 22 (2):193-212 (accessed 1 January 2019).

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