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The Participants -- Autobiography, Biography and Reminiscence: The Métis

Gabriel Dumont 

Like most of the Métis, Gabriel Dumont was illiterate: the only record we have of his conduct of the Métis military defence is what he told others. His account to B.A.T. de Montigny, Biographie et récit de Gabriel Dumont sur les événements de 1885, as edited and used by George Stanley, has long been regarded as the authoritative version of events. A disjointed and differing account appears in Gabriel Dumont speaks. George Woodcock's biography, Gabriel Dumont, is a major interpretive work.

Dumont, Gabriel. - Gabriel Dumont speaks  - Translated [and edited] by Michael Barnholder. - Vancouver : Talonbooks, 1993. - 79 p.

* Macleod, Roderick C. - "Dumont, Gabriel". - Dictionary of Canadian biography. - Volume XIII: 1901-1910. Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 1994. - P. 302-307. - Also published in French under the title: Dictionnaire biographique du Canada.

Ouimet, Adolphe; de Montigny, B.A.T. - La vérité sur la question métisse au Nord-Ouest, by Adolphe Ouimet. - Biographie et récit de Gabriel Dumont sur les événemets de 1885, by B.A.T. de Montigny. - Montréal : [s.n.], 1889. - 400 p. - Reproduced in microform format: CIHM microfiche series, no. 30439

  • Dumont's account in de Montigny was translated and edited by George F.G. Stanley as "Gabriel Dumont's account of the North West Rebellion, 1885." - The Canadian historical review. - Vol. XXX (September 1949) - P. 249-269

* Woodcock, George. - Gabriel Dumont : the Métis chief and his lost world. - Edmonton : Hurtig, 1975. -- 256 p. - Also published in French under the title: Gabriel Dumont : le chef des Métis et sa patrie perdue

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