The Metis Girl: She is Mary James, a strong-willed teenager with copper dun skin and unexpected blue eyes. She is The Metis Girl, a warrior drawn into a dangerous summer of horse-racing against Western Canada's first cowboys and cattle ranchers. But her wild, gambling days are about to end as homesteaders, grain farmers and oil companies claim the open prairie and foothills around Calgary. Forced to make a difficult decision about her future, she reluctantly agrees to attend her family's Sun Dance ceremony. There, as blood flows over her chest, she discovers an astonishing truth about herself - one that convinces her to give up her risky ways. From horse-trader to driller, The Metis Girl emerges as a resourceful leader who changes the destiny of her family and friends while guiding them into Alberta's modern oil era.


The Metis Girl is the third Sun On The Mountains novel. The first, The Story of Blue Eye, was a Grant MacEwan Literary Award Finalist. 


About The Author


Tyler Trafford’s novels include The Story Of Blue Eye (a 2004 Grant MacEwan Literary Award finalist), Alexander’s Way and The Métis Girl. This series focuses on the historical relationships between Native, Métis and European cultures in southern Alberta.

His most recent book, Almost A Great Escape, A Found Story, won the 2014 Alberta Readers’ Choice Award, the 2014 Writers Guild of Alberta Wilfrid Eggleston Nonfiction Award, and The City of Calgary’s W.O. Mitchell Book Award. The book details Tyler’s discovery of his mother’s past, including her forbidden Second World War love affair with the Norwegian pilot who escaped from Stalag Luft III.

Tyler grew up in Calgary and now lives on the Oldman River north of Pincher Creek, Alberta.

The Metis Girl by Tyler Trafford

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