Identity. Who are we? Qui somme nous? Our nation has probably asked this question since its beginning.
And I remember being asked early on in this project if Marguerite dit Bellehumeur Riel was American. I replied, ‘This border is moot. It is her kinship ties, her ties to territory, the actions, the vie libre de ta famille, la culture d’un vie, that is most important.’ I saw this last summer in the homelands of Montana, the Dakotas, Manitoba, Sask.
A friend of mine from Malaysia sent me the link to Leroux’s twitter account, and a string of tweets on identity and questionable membership. I shall read it with great interest.

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