This book is not the easiest of reads, perhaps reflecting it's age (from 1985). However, it is rich in references, many of them standards if you want to start from the beginning of Métis scholarship (in a university context and from a white French male perspective.) It covers the move from inclusion (accept jesus then you can be French), to a binary - choose to be European or Indian, to the "halfbreed" separate status with both the positive connotation of a separate culture worth preserving and the negative of being neither culture and belonging no where. One essay has a little throw away wonder about how people transmitted "Métisness" which I found interesting as the most cursory examination would have clearly shown the familial pride in this identification as Métis which was shared with children together with the expectation that they would contribute to their community.
Some of the essays contain interesting bits about the early ways of life and the growth of the metis population. I am about half way through now and I will finish this book, but I don't think it is the easiest introduction to the "new peoples" and depending on your background and interests I would recommend starting somewhere else as an introduction to this subject. However, I think there are parts of this text that are worth reading and which provide some interesting perspective. I'll update here when I finish this book.
Strangely this makes me think of the Dean Koontz book I just finished about Frankenstein and created men. Overall our current vocabulary for talking about created identities is a lot richer than existed when this Metis book was created and that is a good thing. We are all a lot more cobbled together as people, some of us consciously creating ourselves as we go along.