The story of Big Bear, the real life Cree chief who campaigned for his people and their land against the Canadian government in the 1870s and 1880s.
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 Chief Big Bear (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Running Second (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Little Bad Man (2 episodes, 1998)
Kennetch Charlette ...
 Lone Man (2 episodes, 1998)
Patrick Bird ...
 Kingbird (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Wandering Spirit (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Horsechild (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Nowakich (2 episodes, 1998)
Ben Cardinal ...
 Miserable Man (2 episodes, 1998)
Blaine Hart ...
 Peter Erasmus (2 episodes, 1998)
Mel Melymick ...
 Thomas Quinn (2 episodes, 1998)
Billy Morton ...
 John Delaney (2 episodes, 1998)
Diane Debassige ...
 Sits Green on the Earth (2 episodes, 1998)
Michael Obey ...
 Iron Body (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Kelly McLean / ... (2 episodes, 1998)
Lorne Duquette ...
 Round the Sky (2 episodes, 1998)
Rob Roy ...
 William McLean (2 episodes, 1998)
Mishi Donovan ...
 Mrs. McLean (2 episodes, 1998)
Robert Hoek ...
 He Speaks Our Tongue (2 episodes, 1998)
Iain MacLean ...
 John McDougall (2 episodes, 1998)
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In two parts - I - 1875, and the buffalo on the verge of disappearance. Cree leader Big Bear is attempting to negotiate for his band with the Canadian government who wish him to sign the treaty and select a reserve. As the band starves and conditions worsen the more radical young warriors, such as his son Little Bad Man, grow in power. Part II: When they hear of the Metis victory at Duck Lake, in the spring of 1885, Little Bad Man and Wandering Spirit (the war chief) take control of the band and attack the whites at the settlement at Frog Lake, later capturing and burning Fort Pitt. They are hunted by government troops whom they force to retreat but Big Bear's scattered band soon surrenders, resulting in execution for some leaders and prison for Big Bear. Written by Brian Hubner

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great idea to switch languages
23 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

It's 1875 southern Saskatchewan. Cree leader Big Bear encounters a Canadian survey team and sends them away. The whites are pushing ever westward. The government signs a treaty with lesser leaders but Big Bear does not sign. As the buffalo disappear, Big Bear is forced to sign but corrupt officials and conflicts hound the tribe. Big Bear's eldest son Little Bad Man leads the warriors. In 1885, government forces lose the Battle of Duck Lake to the Metis. Little Bad Man and Wandering Spirit take control and attack.

It's a brilliant idea to have the native language be English and whites speak something incomprehensible. I would suggest more colloquial writing for the native speakers. There is still the old movie form of halting native talk. It needs to not simply translate the language but transform the language completely. That's why I love when they swear. They need modern grammar to fully convert the world view. The movie is pretty straight forward. I hope it's more or less historically accurate. It's a fine history lesson and a good TV production.


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