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The Metis culture has always been a blend of old and new, and these days that is mostly new. So fishing, hunting, and farming are still practiced but using the same methods we all use. Some cultural practices have not changed as much. This includes the manufacture of traditional clothing using traditional cloth and skins.

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Some aspects that are still practiced today are: Smudging, respecting elders, singing and playing drums.

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