Symbolism and Expression Additional Reading


Métis Symbols and Their Meanings

Some important symbols of Métis culture are listed below.

 The infinity sign (∞) symbolizes two cultures together and the continuity of the Métis culture.


The Red River cart is a well-known and ingeniously designed symbol of Métis identity. It can be used as a cart or as a raft when the wheels are removed.

The Métis sash symbolizes present-day Métis identity but had many uses in the early days, often functioning as a rope or a belt. Much like the Scottish kilt, Métis use traditional woven patterns and colours in sashes to represent their community.

The buffalo symbolizes subsistence, strength and the ability to survive.

  • The fiddle is a favourite musical instrument of the Métis used for traditional songs and dances such as the Red River jig.