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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No need for loincloths and leggings
27 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is the only one I've come across so far that is filmed entirely from the Indians' point of view.

The fact that the Natives speak English and the Whites gobbledygook makes it possible for the viewer to relate to them much better than in movies where they speak native languages. Brilliant idea!

I liked that the Indians were using "White" tools and clothes. There are many movies depicting the mid- to late 1800s in which whole tribes are clad entirely in buckskin, which is not realistic because by that time, Indians had been in contact with Whites for a good 300 years.

"Big Bear" proves that you don't need loincloths and leggings to tell a compelling story about historical Indians. You need convincing characters portrayed by good actors, and "Big Bear" has those - and more.


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