1831- Grandson of Joseph Howse
Henry was born
as Metis culture was unfolding.
Furs to trap and trade were
lifes blood holding.
Life was harsh; food and shelter
were a gamble
Many lessons learned lest life
become a shamble.
Henry grew up in Fort Victoria- Metis Heartland
Thirteen siblings taught him
about a strong stand
With rebellion close by, safety was not guaranteed
Henry learned good-will;
violence was not his creed.
Henry received a Government Scrip for land
To refocus from furs to farming
was the Metis plan.
Moving in search of buffalo was
no longer an option.
The white mans plan was now certain
Nellie came along; a Metis husband was her song
Well marry and have children
grow big and strong
Thirteen children born; a happy family acquired
Howse numbers growing; they continue to be admired.
Written by Carol Howard
Vulliamy- Metis Elder- 2009